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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.


Area of Expertise

The changing identities of Spanish exiles and expatriates of the Spanish Civil War living in New York City between the 1940s and 1960s, Spanish and Latin American cultures studied through films, and the post-Civil War period in Fascist Spain (1939-1975), specifically the organization of La Sección Femenina. 

Articles in Referred Journals 

  • 2020- Essay: La Sección Femenina: Rethinking Female Agency in an Authoritarian Male-Centered Regime in Puente Atlántico, año XL enero 2020, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2018-Loss of Nation, Loss of Identity? Spanish Exiles in the 1940s New York in número especial Diáspora Española: Migraciones, Desplazamientos, y Transferencias Intelectuales/ Geográficas entre España y Latino América, in ALDEEU, Vol.32, Spring 2018, Madrid, Spain. 
  • 2016-The Inevitability of the Reactionary Turn of España Nueva in número especial El Exilio Republicano y el Hispanismo en Estados Unidos, in ALDEEU, Vol. 30, Spring, 2016, Madrid, Spain.
  • 2012- A chapter: The Three Stages of Liberación, a Weekly Newspaper Analysis 1946-1049. Included in Reconsidering a Lost Intellectual Project.  Exiles’ Reflections on Cultural Differences published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, London, Great Britain, 2012.


  • July 2021- Panel Presentation: Conflicting Messaging in the Women´s magazine Medina (1940-1945) Published by la Sección Femenina: Submissiveness for all Women versus Success in the Public Arena for a Few at the XXX X Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU y Asamblea General, in Madrid, Spain (originally scheduled for July 2020).
  • March 6, 2020- Panel Presentation: Aquí se aprende en communidad: Facilitating the Academic Success of Latino Students in Higher Education. 22nd Annual PA-NAME Conference- The Fierce Urgency of Now: Naming, Framing and Enacting Solutions for Change! Radnor, PA.
  • June 17, 2019- Panel presentation: La Sección Femenina: Construction Femininity or Female Agency in the Borderland in panel “Protofeminismo y feminism, del siglo XV al siglo XX” at the XXX IX Congreso Internacional de ALDEEU y Asamblea General,  in Valencia, Spain.
  • April 12, 2019- Panel presentation: La Sección Femenina: The Shifting Representation of Women in España Nueva 1934 to 1941 in panel “Identities Under Siege: The Other in Fascist Discourses (Seminar)” at the the NeMLA , Washington, DC . 
  • April 13, 2018- Proposed and directed panel:The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) Transforming the Soul of Spain” at the NeMLA in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • June 29, 2018- Panel presentation: Fascism and Women: The Shifting Representation of Women in España Nueva from 1934-1941 at the XX Congreso International de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos in Granada, Spain.
  • July 2016- Panel presentation: Defining Spanish Identity from Abroad through the Spanish Language Press in New York 1930s-1940s, in panel “Secuelas de la Guerra Civil: presunciones y exilios” at the XVII Congreso International de Literatura y Estudios Hispánicos), San Sebastian, Spain.
  • March 2016- Panel presentation: Loss of Nation, Loss of National Identity Spanish Exiles in 1940s New York in panel “Beyond National Borders to be or not to be Spanish in the 20th and 21st centuries” at the NeMLA, Hartford, Connecticut
  • May 2015-Panel presentation: Whose definition of Spain will prevail? The struggle to define Spain from Abroad in Two Spanish Language Newspapers in New York City after 1939 at the NeMLA, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • April 2014- Panel presentation: Re-Imagining the Spanish Republican Progressive Nation in the New York City 1940s Spanish Language Exile Press: España Libre (1939-1975) and Liberación (1946-1949) in panel “Power and Solidarity: Representing Immigrants’ Speech in Hispanic literature” at the NeMLA. 
  • November 2013- Panel presentation: Spanish Republican Exiles in the New York of the 1940’s: Rebuilding the Progressive Nation in Exile at the Mid-American Conference on Hispanic Literature).
  • May 2013- Panel presentation: Whose Spanish Identity? An Analysis of the Spanish Language Press in New York (1930’s to 1940’s) in panel “Los Multiples Mundos Latinos” at LASA (Latin American Studies Association),Seattle, WA. 
  • October 2012- Panel presentation: Liberación (1946-1949) from Exile to Immigrant newspaper in panel "Cubans, Puerto Ricans, and Spaniards in New York (Late 1800s-Early 1900s)"  at theThe Puerto Rican Studies Association (PRSA) 20th Anniversary Conference 2012 at the University at Albany, SUNY
  • October 2012- Panel presentation: Spanish National Identities from Abroad: An Archival Analysis of Spanish Newspapers Published in New York City in the 1930’s  at The Mid-America Conference on Hispanic Literature, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 
  • May 2012- Panel presentation: Spanish Exile Newspapers: A Search for Spanish Identity in a Cold War Era in New York City, a follow-up  at the LASA, Washington, DC.
  • November 2011- Panel presentation: Spanish Republican Exiles Newspapers: A Search for Spanish Identity in a Cold War Era at NECLAS: New England Council of Latin American Studies.
  • April 2011- Panel presentation: The Three Stages of Liberación, a Weekly Newspaper Analysis at the 3rd European Congress on World and Global History, London, Great Britain.