My name is Joshua Preston and I am an activist, writer, and historian from Montevideo, Minnesota. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris (Political Science & History) and am currently a Research Fellow at Baylor College of Medicine’s Center for Science and Law. There I do everything from big data analysis to helping with grants and administering large-scale studies. Since 2014 I have served as the assistant managing editor of the Journal of Science and Law and as a staff writer for Columbia University’s Voices in Bioethics.
In addition to my work at the Center, I am also a creative writer and historian. In both domains I tend to write about the Midwest, prairie populism, and space/place. I have presented on these topics at more than a dozen conferences, and for this work I have received the Humphrey School’s Mondale Research Fellowship (2013) and a Springboard for the Arts Hinge Arts Residency (2016). My work has appeared in Minnesota History, Rain Taxi Review, The Humanist, Popshot Magazine (UK), and elsewhere.
Lastly, I am an activist. While at the University of Minnesota I served as chairman of the Student Senate (2012) and later as a representative to the Board of Regents (2012-2013). Of this time, I am most-proud of the work I did getting the University to publicly support same-sex marriage (its most-controversial stand since opposing the Vietnam War). I am also a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, serving in multiple capacities including one term on its State Executive Committee (2012-2014).
Currently, I am based approximately in Minneapolis.
Curriculum Vitae (CV): Joshua Preston – Curriculum Vitae Feb 16
Email: JoshuaPPreston [at] Gmail [dot] com
Other websites I write for:
- Giraffes Drawn By People Who Should Not Be Drawing Giraffes.
- Columbia University’s Voices in Bioethics