Liliana Herakova presented her paper “When the Baby Comes: Variations on Family Becoming(s)” at The National Communication Association Conference in Washington DC this November.
Lily Herakova recently completed her PhD in Communication at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her dissertation focuses on interpersonal communication in the context of prenatal and pregnancy care, including the perspectives and experiences of pregnant women, their partners, families, and prenatal care providers. Titled "Flying with the Storks: Communication, Culture, and Dialoguing Knowledge(s) in Prenatal Care" the dissertation is a dialogic performance of the different streams of knowledge that intersect and are created in the context of interpersonal interactions during pregnancy. Lily is a scholar, teacher, mother, and baker. Together with Leda Cooks, she co-founded one of the first U.S. Breadhouses, part of a U.N. recognized international nonprofit designed to build community around b(re)aking bread. Lily has presented at numerous interdisciplinary conferences and has published in various journals, including Journal of Applied Communication, Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and Communication Studies.