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Ana Lisa Eberline

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Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 South Wright Street
Urbana IL 61801
PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant


Ana Lisa Eberline is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois. Her research interests include critical and cultural communication through rhetoric, language, and intercultural discourse. Currently Ana Lisa is working on her dissertation examining Latinx identity in the Midwest through the lens of food. Using qualitative interviews alongside participant observation, she hopes to explore how identity, culture, and community are experienced in the nation’s heartland.

Prior to attending Illinois, Ana Lisa received MA in Communication from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Here she studied interpersonal communication, and how families discuss race in the home. 

Research Interests

Critical Communication

Intercultural Communication

Food Rhetoric

Identity and Place-making through Language

Latina/o Studies

Interpersonal Communication 


MA, Ball State University, Communication Studies
BA,  Ball State University, Hospitality and Food Management

Awards and Honors

Ruth S. and Charles H. Bowman Award for Outstanding Graduate Student - 2023, UIUC Department of Communication

Prize for Research in the Humanities, Humanities Research Institute- 2022, University of Illinois

President's Research in Diversity Travel Award - 2019, 2022, University of Illinois

Ruth Anne Clark Award- 2022, UIUC Department of Communication



Courses Taught

CMN 111: Oral and Written Communication I

CMN 112: Oral and Written Communication II

CMN 232: Intercultural Communication

CMN 336: Family Communication


Highlighted Publications

Padron Eberline, A. L. (2022). Working on the farm: An autoethnography exploring gender, race, and labor divisions in middle America. Qualitative Inquiry. 28(8–9), 946–953.

Padron Eberline, A. L. & Shue, C. K. (2022). Family communication about race and culture: Do White families talk about race? Communication Studies, 73(2), 171-189,