Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Literacy Education
(319) 273-2564

Department of Curriculum and Instruction
University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0612

Areas of Expertise: 

Children’s Literature

Multicultural Children’s Literature

Digital Storytelling

Use of Technology in Teaching

Courses Taught: 

Introductory and advanced undergraduate children’s literature

Graduate children’s literature

Expository Writing

Research Interests: 

Children’s Literature

Multicultural Children’s Literature

Virtual Reality

Narrative Medicine

Selected Publications: 

Matloob Haghanikar, T., & Pavonetti, L.M. (October 2020). Representations of play in Caldecott medal and honor books during 1938-1949 and 2001-2014. In Deszcz-Tryhubczak, J., & Kalla, B. (Eds.), Rulers of literary playgrounds. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003048985

Matloob Haghanikar, T. & Hooper, L.M. (2020). Teaching about homelessness through multicultural picture books and virtual reality in pre-service teacher education. The Journal of Educational Technology Systems.

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2020). Multicultural children’s literature: The ethnicity of the implied author and the implied reader. Children’s Literature in English Language Education (CLELE), 8(1). 10-30

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2019). Diversifying our curriculum: Values and intercultural experiences through educational technology. The Journal
of Educational Technology Systems, https://doi.org/10.1177/0047239519875735

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (Dec 27, 2017). Patterns in multicultural young adults’ novels about Persian culture. The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, 8(2) 1-23.

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2016). The character in the mask: An analysis of mask in Art Spiegelman’s maus. In M. A. Abate & J. S. Sanders (Eds.), Good grief! Children and comics (pp. 121-144). Columbus, OH: Ohio State University Libraries, DOI: 10.18061/1811/77539

Matloob, T. (2015). How would I like to read a Mawlawna ebook? Children’s Interests and Concerns When Reading E-books. New Review of Children's Literature and Librarianship, 21(1), 59-76, DOI: 10.1080/13614541.2015.976094

Matloob, T. (2013). Cultural authenticity in Susan Fletcher’s shadow spinner. Children's Literature, 41, 225-244.


Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2017, Sep 20). The use of virtual reality (VR) in teaching children’s literature. Office of the provost. Grant for pre-tenured faculty. ($1500).

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2017, Mar 24). The use of virtual reality (VR) in teaching children’s literature. College of education. Technology funding. ($1849).

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2017, Jan 15). Measuring characters’ emotions in multicultural young adult novels. College of education. Summer scholarship. ($4000).

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2008, Sep 4). Multicultural children’s literature. International Youth Library of Munich, Federal republic of Germany’s ministry of foreign affairs.

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2007, Oct 2). Child computer interaction. University of Bath Spa and British council. ($3,000).

Matloob Haghanikar, T. (2003, Sep 1). Computer based learning and training. Chevening scholarship, British council. ($20,000).

Honors & Awards: 

2020 College of Education Dean’s Diversity and Equity Award, University of Northern Iowa

2017 Outstanding Dissertation Award, Oakland University, MI (Diploma and $1000)

2015 Oakland University Provost Research Award ($2000)

2015 Hannah Beiter Research Award, Children’s Literature Association ($1000)

2014 University recognition for excellence in teaching, nominated by student-athletes, Oakland University, MI (certificate)

2008 The Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival, Nami Island, South Korea

Professional Affiliations: 

Children’s Literature Association, ChLA
United States Board on Books for Young People, USBBY
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI
Children’s Literature Assembly, CLA


Ph.D. Reading Education - Children’s Literature, Oakland University, MI
M.A. Children’s Literature, Kansas State University, KS
M.Sc. Computer Based Learning & Training, University of Southampton, UK
B.Sc. Computer Science, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran