James L. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Telephone: (657) 278-4048
James L. Rodríguez (B.A., Pomona College; Ph.D., Stanford University) is a professor of Child and
Adolescent Studies and the Acting Chair of the Department of Chicana/o Studies at California State
University, Fullerton (CSUF) where he has also held appointments as Interim Assistant Vice
President of Institutional Research and Analytical Studies, Interim Associate Vice President for
Student Affairs, and Faculty Co-Chair of the university’s Graduation Initiative. While at CSUF,
Rodríguez serves or has served on numerous university boards and committees including the Academic
Senate, the Academic Senate Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the Planning, Resource, and Budget
Planning Committee, the President’s Commission on Equity and Inclusion, the Strategic Enrollment
Planning Committee, the WASC Interim Report Committee, the Student Success Steering Committee, the
Closing the Gap Task Force, the HACU Student Success Collaborative. Rodríguez previously held a
tenured faculty appointment in the College of Education at San Diego State University where he
directed the secondary bilingual teacher credential program and developed partnerships with
multiple San Diego County school districts. He has also held appointments as a Visiting Scholar in
the Department of Psychology at Pomona College and at Educational Testing Service.
Rodríguez has published widely on the psychological development and education of ethnic minority
populations in the United States, with an emphasis on immigrants and English learners. His
publications have appeared in a wide-range of journals including Child Development, Early Childhood
Research Quarterly, Equity and Excellence in Education, Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences,
Journal of Latinos in Education, and Review of Educational Research. He has served on the
editorial boards of Child Development, Journal of Research on Adolescence, and the Association of
Mexican American Educators Journal. Rodríguez has also served as an expert advisor and consultant
for various California Department of Education projects including the Early Childhood Educators
Competencies, the Early Childhood Education Faculty Initiative Project, and the Preschool English
Learners Resource Guide.
Rodríguez has served on the AERA Annual Meeting Planning Committee and in various Division E roles
including Program Co-Chair and program reviewer, member of the Committee on Diversity and Equity,
and Chair of the Early Career Mentoring Seminar. He has also been engaged in service with other
professional organizations including the Founding and Steering Committees of the Latino Caucus of
the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), for which he served as the Inaugural Chair,
the SRCD Ethnic and Racial Issues Committee, and the 2012 SRCD Themed Meeting on the
Positive Development of Minority Children for which he also served as the Co-Chair.