Natalia Imperatori-Lee

Natalia Imperatori-Lee

Associate Professor

Department : Religious Studies

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Phone : 718-862-7123

Office : MGL 429


PHD, University of Notre Dame
MA, University of Chicago
BA, Fordham University


Dr. Imperatori-Lee’s research interests focus on Catholic ecclesiology, in particular the intersection of popular religion, devotion, ecclesial identity. She is also interested in issues in U.S. Latino/a theology, including the intersection of Mariology and ecclesiology, theological trends in the Catholic Spanish-speaking world, and the relationship of women, the poor and other marginalized groups to church structure and governance.

Publications & Professional Activities

  • “Hombres, Hembras, Hambres: Narration, Correction, and the Work of Ecclesiology” in The Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology, November 2011., 1-16. 
  • “Mother Superior, Mother Inferior? Mary in the Thought of Hans Urs von Balthasar” in Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture; 44 (Spring, 2009): 129-142.
  • The Challenge and Promise of Hispanic Marian Devotion,” in Inculturation and the Church in North America. T. Frank Kennedy, SJ, editor. New York: Crossroad/Herder, 2006.
  • Cuban Catholicism: Island and Diaspora Workshop Report. Kellogg Institute for International Studies, 2003.
  • Translation (Spanish to English) of Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga’s “The Church of Archbishop Romero’s Dreams: Easter Church.” Origins v. 31 n. 41, March 28, 2002.

Professional Memberships

Dr. Imperatori-Lee is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion, and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the U.S.


Director, Catholic Studies Program

Courses Taught/Teaching

RELS 110      The Nature and Experience of Religion
RELS 200      Special Topic: Vatican II
RELS 225      Contemporary Catholicism
RELS 300      Special Topic: U.S. Latino/a Catholicism