Preston's primary teaching interests are media writing, media theory and media law. Most of her research explores how the popular culture represents various populations and institutions. Examples include the portrayal of nurses in magazines for teen girls and gender portrayal among point of purchase mannequins.
Media portrayal of marginalized populations and institutions
Comm 230 Media Writing
Comm 305 Media Theory and Ethics
Comm 405 Communication Campaigns
Comm 432 Media Law
An interest in rural film is inspired by her bachelor's degree in geography and the small but steady stream of heartland students who pursue their dreams of becoming filmmakers.
In addition to a bachelor's degree in geography, Preston holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in mass communication. Previously Preston served as a public relations researcher in the health care industry and as a media relations practitioner in international development.