Nathan Poirier

Nathan  Poirier
  • Graduate Student
  • Department of Sociology
  • M.S. Canisius College 2017
  • M.A. Western Michigan University 2014
  • B.A. Aquinas College 2011


Nathan Poirier


Nathan Poirier is a PhD student in Sociology seeking multiple specializations including Animal Studies and Women’s & Gender Studies. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Aquinas College, an M.A. in mathematics from Western Michigan University, and an M.S. in Anthrozoology from Canisius College. His master’s thesis for Canisius critically examined the landscape of in vitro meat, focusing on its discourse, comparisons to vegetarianism, and potential cultural implications. Nathan has a wide array of academic interests, but his main interests include intersectionality, anarchism, animals, veganism, human overpopulation, resource consumption, radical social movements, and critical pedagogy.  Nathan has been teaching math at the college level since 2012 and enjoys integrating social responsibility and justice into his classrooms. In 2015 he organized a community-focused rewilding event in Grand Rapids, MI. A current project of Nathan’s involves examining the social construction of animal welfare through how it is taught within animal science departments. 


  • Animal Studies
  • Women’s & Gender Studies


Poirier, Nathan, and Joshua Russell. 2019. “Does In Vitro Meat Constitute Animal Liberation?” Journal of Animal Ethics, 9(2). 

Poirier, Nathan, Rebecca Carden, Hilary McIlroy, and Courtney Moran. 2019. “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Fauna-criticism and Black Beauty.” Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal.

Poirier, Nathan. 2018. “The Continued Devaluation of Vegetarianism in Light of In Vitro Meat.” Journal for Critical Animal Studies,15(5).

Poirier, Nathan. 2018. “Technical Difficulties: Toward a Critical, Reflexive Stance on In Vitro Meat.” Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal,3(2).

Tomasello, Sarah, and Nathan Poirier. 2018. “The Intersectionality of Wildlife Conservation and Indigenous Rights.” Green Theory and Praxis, 11(1).

Poirier, Nathan, and Sarah Tomasello. 2017. “Polar Similar: Intersections of Anthropology and Conservation.”Animalia: An Anthrozoology Journal, 3(1).