Noreen Naseem Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Professor

Iowa State University

Dr. Noreen Naseem Rodriguez

Speaking & Presenting

Due to COVID-19, all upcoming presentations and speaking events have been cancelled.

I am scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the American Reading Forum in December 2020 and will update that status as the date grows closer.

Writing & Publications

My featured book list, Asian Pacific American Showcase, written with Sarah Park Dahlen is in the May issue of School Library Journal! My first publication about my research with Southeast Asian Americans is now in press and available online at the Review of Education, Pedagogy, and Cultural StudiesTwo more pieces critically examining children's literature forthcoming later this year!

Click here for the webinar I did with Dr. Amanda Vickery in conjunction with Lee & Low Books about teaching slavery through children's literature.

2019 Publications

Rodríguez, N. N. & Salinas, C. S. (2019). "La lucha todavía no ha terminado/The struggle is not yet over: Teaching immigration through testimonio and difficult funds of knowledge. Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 34(3), 136-149.

Rodríguez, N. N. & Kim, E. J. (2019). Asian and American and always becoming: The (mis)education of two Asian  American teachers. Oregon Journal of the Social Studies, 7(1), 67-81.

Naseem Rodríguez, N. (2019). Caught between two worlds: Asian American elementary teachers' enactment of Asian American history. Educational Studies, 55(2), 214-240.

Areas of Study

Latino History

Drawing from the work of Labbo & Field (1999) and Dr. Cinthia Salinas, each semester my undergraduate students compose journey boxes about Latino people, places, and events that are not included in...


Asian American History

While people of color as a whole are barely visible in the traditional narrative of American history, Asian Americans are perhaps the most ignored minority group...


Recommended Children's

I'm often asked for recommendations for children's literature. Each time this happens, I ask for specificity - what do you want to teach/focus on and who do you teach?


A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled.
- James Baldwin