Fall 2021

Section 1113 of RELS2
World Religions -- : Aug 18 - Dec 10 2021
Mandatory online meetings will take place for each class session at the day(s)/time(s) listed. Unless advised otherwise by the instructor, students are expected to be present for the duration of these live online meetings.

Section 1538 of RELS1
Introduction to Religious Studies -- : Aug 18 - Dec 10 2021
Mandatory online meetings will take place for each class session at the day(s)/time(s) listed. Unless advised otherwise by the instructor, students are expected to be present for the duration of these live online meetings.

Section 2264 of ANTHRO2
Cultural Anthropology -- : Aug 16 - Dec 06 2021
This section has required in-person meetings on the Petaluma Campus.

Summer 2021

Section 8054 of ANTHRO2
Cultural Anthropology -- : Jun 14 - Jul 25 2021
This section is offered fully online.

Section 8067 of HUMAN6
Humanities in the United States -- : Jun 16 - Jul 25 2021
Mandatory online meetings will take place for each class session at the day(s)/time(s) listed above. Students are expected to be present for the duration of these live online meetings.

Spring 2021

Section 4093 of ANTHRO32
Native Cultures of North America -- : Jan 25 - Jan 25 2021
This section is offered fully online. There are mandatory online class meetings during the times listed in the schedule of classes.

Section 4397 of HUMAN6
Humanities in the United States -- : Jan 20 - May 21 2021
The instructor will sometimes use the days/times listed above for live Zoom meetings. When a meeting is called during those times, students are expected to be online with Zoom. Exact meeting dates and times within this window will be provided by the instructor.

Section 7298 of RELS2
World Religions -- : Jan 21 - May 21 2021
Zoom meetings will take place for each class session at the days/time(s) listed above. Students are expected to be online with functioning internet, mic, and/or camera for the duration of the live session.

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