Noreen Naseem Rodriguez, PhD

Assistant Professor

University of Colorado Boulder

Dr. Noreen Naseem Rodríguez

Speaking & Presenting


  • Elementary Social Studies Education Summit (ESSES), June 17-18: Imagining the Future of Racial Literacy in Elementary Social Studies w/Dr. Anna Falkner
  • Civil Intersections (Sponsored by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center), June 23-24: Telling "Difficult" (Hi)Stories
  • Teaching Asian America: Conversations for PK-12 Spaces (Sponsored by the YURI Project), July 29: Teaching Asian American History through Children's Literature. Register here!
  • I am scheduled to be a keynote speaker at the annual conference of the American Reading Forum in December 2021 and will update that status as the date grows closer.

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

Big news! I wrote a book with my social studies soulmate Dr. Katy Swalwell! It's called Social Studies for a Better World: An Anti-Oppressive Approach for Elementary Educators and will be published by W.W. Norton in November 2021. You can pre-order the book here.

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