Elizabeth Benacka

Assistant Professor


PhD Northwestern University, Department of Communication Studies, 2006
MA Northwestern University, Department of Communication Studies, 2002
BA Loyola University Chicago, Department of Communication, Summa Cum Laude, 2001

Selected Publications

“Not One Page, but Many: Latinas on the Internet,” Democratic Communiqué, Vol. 15,  No. I (Spring/Summer 1997), 36-38.

In Revision:
“Locating Womens Political, Social, and Spiritual Agency: A Rhetorical Examination of Imaginaries Surrounding the 1848 Convention at Seneca Falls,” Rhetoric and Society Quarterly

Selected Presentations

“National Identity and Global Positioning in U.S. Topical Humor Post-September 11, 2001,” National Communication Association, Critical and Cultural Studies Division, San Antonio, TX, November 2006.

“Not All Humor is Created Equal: A Rhetorical Examination of the 2004 and 2006  National Correspondents’ Dinners,” Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference, Memphis, TN, May 2006.

“Latin Rhetorical Theories of Humor: Have You Heard the One About Cicero, Quintilian and the Unknown Auctor?” National Communication Association, American Society for the History of Rhetoric, Boston, MA, November 2005.

“It Takes All Kinds of Movements to Make a (Second) Wave: A Radical Feminist Group’s Rejection of the Equal Rights Amendment,” International Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI, October 2005.

“Laughing in the Face of Tragedy?: A Rhetorical Analysis of Talk Show Monologues after the Attacks of September 11, 2001 ,” International Society of Humor Studies, Youngstown, OH, June 2005.

“Pro-Life, Pro-Choice and None of the Above: Satire and Consciousness Raising in Citizen Ruth,” Midwest Popular Culture Association, Cleveland, OH, October 2004.

“Locating Women’s Rhetorical Agency: The Seneca Falls Convention,” Rhetoric Society of America, Austin, TX, May 2004.

“Laughter in the Face of Tragedy: The Comic Frame and September 11,” National Communication Association, Kenneth Burke Society, Miami Beach, FL, November 2003.

“Women and HIV in Science and the Media: The Language of Oppression,” International Communication Association, Feminist Scholarship Division, Washington D.C., May 2000 (interactive display session).

“The Jeremiad and ‘The Ballot or the Bullet,” DePauw Annual National Undergraduate Honors Conference, Greencastle, Indiana, March 2000.

Awards and Honors

1994 Alyce Salerno Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

1994-2001 Dean’s List, Loyola University Chicago

1995 Celia Berta Gellert Foundation Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

1995 Mary Justitia Coffey, B.V.M. Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

1996-1997 James and Marie Cowhey Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

1998 Granted Membership in Golden Key National Honor Society

1998 Granted Membership in Lamda Pi Eta, National Communication Honor Society for Undergraduates

1998-2000 George and Bernice Cooke Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

1999 Inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, National Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

2000 Otto Lehmann Foundation Scholarship, Loyola University Chicago

2000 Mulcahy Scholarship (funding to develop a research paper), Loyola University Chicago

2001 Summa Cum Laude, Loyola University Chicago

2001-2002 Northwestern University, Graduate School Fellowship


2005 Northwestern University, Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies
2006 Northwestern University, Graduate Teaching Certificate Program, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence


Professional Service
Assistant Program Director, Rhetoric Society of America, 12” Biennial Conference, Memphis, Tennessee, May 26-29, 2006

Associate Director, Alliance of Rhetoric Societies, Inaugural Conference, Northwestern University, September 11-14, 2003

University Service
Graduate Student Representative, Rhetoric and Civic Culture Job Search Committee, Northwestern University. 2003-2004

Professional Memberships
National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Organization for Women on Research and Communication
International Society for Humor Studies