Noreen Naseem Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Noreen Naseem Rodríguez

Speaking & Presenting

I don't have any upcoming events this summer. Stay tuned for fall appearances and conference presentations!

Check out the webinar I participated in about the Politics of Citation in Critical Scholarship, hosted by the AERA Social Studies Research SIG and CUFA's Scholars of Color Forum.

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

Writing & Publications

My first book, co-authored with Katy Swalwell, came out last fall! It's called Social Studies for a Better World: An Anti-Oppressive Approach for Elementary Educators (W.W. Norton) and will soon be released as an audiobook.

My first co-edited volume with Amanda Vickery will come out in November 2022. Critical Race Theory and Social Studies Futures: From the Nightmare of Racial Realism to Dreaming Out Loud will be published by Teachers College Press and features phenomenal educators and scholars including Sohyun An, Christina Villarreal, Christopher Busey,  Tran Templeton, and many more!

Recent Open Access Publications

Focus on Friendship or Fights for Civil Rights? Teaching the Difficult History of Japanese American Incarceration through The Bracelet

Much Bigger Than a Hamburger: Disrupting Problematic Picturebook Depictions of the Civil Rights Movement

Pinning for Profit? Examining Elementary Preservice Teachers’ Critical Analysis of Online Social Studies Resources About Black History

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?


When those who have power to name and to socially construct reality choose not to see you or hear you, whether you are dark-skinned, old, disabled, female, or speak with a different accent or dialect than theirs, when someone with the authority of a teacher, say, describes the world and you are not in it, there is a moment of psychic disequilibrium, as if you looked in to a mirror and saw nothing. Yet you know you exist and others like you, that this is a game with mirrors. It takes some strength of soul—and not just individual strength, but collective understanding—to resist this void, this nonbeing, into which you are thrust, and to stand up, demanding to be seen and heard.
- Adrienne Rich