Zach Oaster (he/him/his) is a public sociologist, shepherd, and artisan.

Zach developed his social justice work over two decades while working in a mainline church denomination as a musician and community organizer. Now as a sociologist, Zach’s research focuses on cisgender fragility — how cisgender people respond to the existence and thriving of transgender persons in the community. At the core of Zach’s approach is a deep commitment to intersectional black feminist theory and practice. Zach holds a master’s degree in Sociology and Criminology, additional degrees in journalism and media production, and is certified in non-profit board leadership. Zach is an adjunct professor at Grand Valley State University and raises Jacob Sheep and two human children with his spouse at their farm north of Grand Rapids, Michigan.