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Nathan Stephens Griffin

01642 342837
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Sociology
School of Social Sciences, Business & Law
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Research institute:
Social Futures Institute

About Nathan Stephens Griffin

I joined the teaching staff of Teesside University in December 2015. I teach as part of the ‘Crime and Justice’, ‘Gender, Crime and Justice’ and ‘Sociology of International Development’modules. I am also Programme Leader for the MsC in ‘Global Development and Social Research Methods’. In the past I have taught in a wide range of areas, including cultural studies, sport and crime, gender and sexuality, sociology of globalization, self, identity and society and social research methods.

My research interests include narrative and visual research methods (in particular the use of comics in social research), critical animal studies, and post-structural and queer approaches to identity and biography. I’m also interested in the criminalization of protest in a neoliberal context, particularly the politicization of ‘terror’ discourses and the way in which fundamentally contested concepts like ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism’ are applied.

I completed an ESRC funded PhD at Durham University School of Applied Social Sciences in 2015. This focused on the biographies of vegans and animal rights advocates. The project contributed to the diverse fields of biographical research and critical animal studies,adding biographical and visual data to existing empirical evidence around animal advocacy. It also explored the potential use of comics in biographical research,particularly in connection with queer methodological approaches that challenge existing representational forms and focus on fluidity. Prior to this I completed my undergraduate studies at Durham University in 2008, receiving a FirstClass BA (Hons) in Politics; and went on to complete an ESRC-accredited MA in Social Research Methods at Durham, achieving a Distinction.

Outside of academia I am interested in music, film and vegan junk food.


Stephens Griffin, N.D. (2014) 'Combining biographical and visual methods in practice: a vegan comic case study' in O'Neill, M., Roberts, B. and Sparkes, A. (Eds) Advances in Biographical Methods: Creative Applications. Oxford: Routledge.

Stephens Griffin, N.D. (2014) 'Doing Critical Animal Studies Differently: Reflexivity and Intersectionality in Practice', in Taylor, N. and Twine, R. (Eds) The Rise of Critical Animal Studies: from the margins to the centre, Oxford: Routledge.

Stephens Griffin, N.D. (2012). Queering Veganism: Adventures in Reflexivity [Poster]. Journal for Critical Animal Studies 10(1): 141

Stephens Griffin, N.D. (2012). A Queer Approach to Speciesism [Comic] Journal for Critical Animal Studies 10(3): 119-127.

Stephens Griffin, N.D. (2014) Book Review:  Sarah Pink (ed) (2013) ‘Advances in Visual Methodology’. Qualitative Research 13(4): 471-472.

Stephens Griffin, N.D. (2014) Book Review: Heewon Chang, Faith WamburaNgunjiri and Kathy-Ann C. Hernandez, (2013) ‘Collaborative Autoethnography’ Qualitative Research, 14(4): 523-524.