My name is Joshua Preston and I am a researcher, writer, and activist from Montevideo, Minnesota. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris (Political Science & History) and am currently pursuing my JD/MA in Bioethics through the University of Minnesota’s Joint Degree Program in Law, Science & Technology. Additionally, I am a Research Fellow at both the Center for Science and Law and Shen Neurolaw Lab. Since 2014 I have served as the assistant managing editor of the Journal of Science and Law and am a former staff writer for Columbia University’s Voices in Bioethics.
In addition to my law and bioethics work, I am a creative writer and historian. I write primarily about Midwestern literature, politics, 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.
Finally, 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). Since August 2016 I have served as the DFL Party Historian.
Curriculum Vitae (CV): Joshua Preston – January 2017
Email: JoshuaPPreston [at] Gmail [dot] com
Other websites I write for:
- Giraffes Drawn By People Who Should Not Be Drawing Giraffes: This is basically a private joke that’s gotten out of hand.