Fall 2022

Section 1406 of RELS1
Introduction to Religious Studies -- : Aug 17 - Dec 09 2022
This section will meet in person at the day(s), time(s), and location listed. There will be additional course content delivered asynchronously online.

Section 1997 of ANTHRO32
Native Cultures of North America -- : Aug 15 - Dec 05 2022

Section 3086 of HUMAN25
Monsters -- : Aug 17 - Dec 09 2022
This section will meet in person at the day(s), time(s), and location listed. There will be additional course content delivered asynchronously online.

Spring 2022

Section 7298 of RELS2
World Religions -- : Jan 19 - May 20 2022
This section has no regularly scheduled Zoom meetings.

Section 8527 of RELS32
Religion in America -- : Jan 19 - May 20 2022
This section has no regularly scheduled Zoom meetings.

No office hours

B.S. (Psychology)San Francisco State University

M.Ed. (Special Education) University of Vermont

Ph.D. (Anthropology and Religious Studies) The Hartford Seminary Foundation

Dr. James Preston has been Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Religious Studies Program at the State University of New York, Oneonta. He has conducted research on Hinduism in India and among Native American Catholics. Dr. Preston has published numerous books and articles on a wide variety of topics in symbolic anthropology and religious studies. He is presently an adjunct faculty member in several departments at both Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State University. Recently he taught a course on the Quest for Meaning in World Religions at the University of California at Berkeley.

Presentations and Publications

Dr. Preston has published a wide range of articles on various aspects of religion in both academic journals and edited books. He has published 4 entries in the Encyclopedia of Religion. His major research has been on Hinduism and Native American Catholic populations. Over the years he has published several books and monographs in the fields of anthropology and religious studies. At present Dr. Preston continues conducting research on the Kahnawake Mohawk reservation near Montreal.

Dr. Preston is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the American Anthropological Association and the Institute of Structural Neuropsychology and Medicine. He has delivered numerous guest lectures in professional organizations and at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the University of Toronto,the State University of New York at Binghamton, the University of South Florida, and Columbia University, among others.

Honors and Awards

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York