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 in the Dean of Students Office to provide assistance for recruitment and admissions, the Craft of Teaching program, Inclusive Pedagogy Fellowship, DIVelopment Days, DiviniTEA, and other efforts of the Dean of Students Office. 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. Emerita Wendy Doniger. His dissertation research was on twentieth-century Sanskrit literature, and he continues to write on that subject. 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. For his take on the academic study of religion, see his essay here.
Charles spends his spare time with his wife, daughter, and son.