Inger Lisbeth Stole

 Inger Stole

Contact Information

3001 Lincoln Hall, MC-456
702 S Wright St
Urbana IL 61801
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Research Interests

  • 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

Selected Publications


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, p. 65-80.