Inger Lisbeth Stole

Professor of Communication

  • Address: Department of Communication 3001 Lincoln Hall 702 South Wright Street MC 456
  • Telephone: 217-244-1576

Specializations / Research Interest(s)

  • History of consumer movements and present day consumer activism; institutional history of the American advertising industry


Research Description

  • My work explores the history of advertising,commercial propaganda, and consumer culture. My first book, Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism andCorporate Public Relations in the 1930s,[/i]was published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006 and [i]Advertising at War Business, Consumers, andGovernment in the 1940s followed in 2012. In 2011, I co-edited A Moment of Danger: CriticalStudies in the History of U.S. Communication since World War II  with Janice Peck. My most recent work explores European/Scandinavian advertising during the Cold War.


  • Ph.D., School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1998. M.A., School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1992. B.A., Communications, University of Washington, Seattle.1985.


  • CMN 377 - Public Relations and Propaganda
  • CMN 476 - Commercialism and the Public
  • CMN 529 - Consumers, Consumption, and Commercialism



  • Stole, I.. Advertising on trial: Consumer activism and corporate public relations in the 1930s. Urbana, IL: University of Illinois, 2006.

Journal Articles

  • Stole, I.. "Televised consumption: Women, advertisers and the early day-time television industry." Consumption, Markets, and Culture 6 (2003): 65-80.

Communication and Culture

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Mediated Communication and Technology

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