Charles Preston is the Divinity School's Higher Education Program Administrator, in which role he undertakes a variety of administrative duties in support of multiple programs. He works with the Dean’s Office, Dean of Students Office, and undergraduate and graduate program directors to provide assistance for recruitment, career counseling, the establishment of a Religious Studies Core in the College, the Craft of Teaching program, admissions, and the Teaching Fellows program. As a “HEPA," he likes to think of himself as an administrative filter.
Charles (or Chaz, as some people call him), completed the PhD in History of Religions at the Divinity School in 2016 under the guidance of Prof. Wendy Doniger. His dissertation research was on twentieth-century Sanskrit literature, and he continues to write on that subject in his spare time. He completed an MA in the Divinity School (’06) and a BA in Religious Studies at Pomona College. After the PhD, Charles held Visiting Assistant Professor appointments at Northwestern University and Albion College and a two-year Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship at Millsaps College.
Charles enjoys spending time with his wife and toddler daughter, and he plays bass in a local rock band.