I am a researcher, writer, and advocate from Montevideo, Minnesota. In 2013 I graduated from the University of Minnesota Morris (Political Science & History) and am currently a JD/MA Bioethics candidate in 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 studying law and bioethics, I am also a creative writer and historian. I write primarily about Midwestern literature, politics, and place. I have presented on these topics at more than a dozen conferences and have received numerous awards and honors. These include the Humphrey School’s Mondale Research Fellowship (2013), a Springboard for the Arts Hinge Arts Residency (2016), and a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy Research Fellowship (2017). My work has appeared in Minnesota History, Rain Taxi Review, MinnPost, The Humanist, and elsewhere.
Lastly, at the University of Minnesota I have served as chairman of the Student Senate (2012) and two terms as a student representative to the Board of Regents (2012-13; Chair , 2017-Present). Of these experiences, I am most-proud of pushing the University to publicly support same-sex marriage (its most-controversial stand since opposing the Vietnam War). Additionally, I am also a member of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, serving in many capacities including one term on its State Executive Committee (2012-2014). Since August 2016 I have served as the DFL Party Historian.
- My article on “Senator Allan Spear and the Minnesota Human Rights Act” received Minnesota History‘s 2016 Solon J. Buck Award for “Best Article of the Year.”
- I am the creator of Giraffes Drawn By People Who Should Not Be Drawing Giraffes, a high-brow conceptual art project and/or absurdist conversation starter (depending on who you ask). It’s been recognized by both The Huffington Post and way too many people I’ve run into at parties.
Curriculum Vitae (CV): Joshua Preston – May 2017
Email: JoshuaPPreston [at] Gmail [dot] com