Natacha Bolufer-Laurentie, PhD
Associate Professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies
Coordinator of Foreign Languages
An alumna of Cabrini College, Natacha Bolufer-Laurentie was one of the first foreign students to attend the College. She went on to receive a Masters in Sociology from Temple University and a Masters in Spanish and Latin American Literatures from Villanova University.
After obtaining her masters in Sociology, she returned to Cabrini to teach as an adjunct instructor in the sociology department. In 2002, she was hired as a full-time lecturer in that department.
Over the years, she has taught Spanish, Latin American Studies, and Sociology as an adjunct instructor and lecturer at several universities including Temple University, Villanova University, Saint Joseph University, and SUNY Albany.
In 2008, Bolufer-Laurentie left Cabrini to pursue her PhD in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies from the State University of New York at Albany. Her dissertation focuses on the representation in Spanish Language Newspaper of the changing identities of Spanish Exiles of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) in New York City.
After completing her PhD in 2013, she was hired as a full-time lecturer and coordinator of Spanish at the Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington campus. There, she received the Excellence in Teaching Award that is presented to one faculty a year on campus for outstanding teaching and exceptional commitment to the student of Penn State New Kensington.
Upon coming back to Cabrini, Bolufer-Laurentie developed a minor in Latin American Studies in 2016 where she teaches all the required courses that focus on Latinx in the US and immigration, Latin American cultures through film, and identity politics in Latin America.
She also teaches Spanish language courses from the introductory level to the advanced conversation class. Since arriving at Cabrini Bolufer-Laurentie has been co-coordinator of the mentoring program that takes Cabrini students to mentor Latinx students in the Norristown Area School District.
Bolufer-Laurentie is currently writing a book on La Sección Femenina, a female ran organization that oversaw the lives of most women during the Spanish Authoritarian Regime that ruled Spain from 1939 to 1975. The book is expected to be published in 2022.
Dr. Bolufer-Laurentie became Coordinator of Foreign Languages in the fall of 2021.