Inger Lisbeth Stole

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Research Interests

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

Professional Information

My work explores the history of advertising, commercial propaganda, and consumer culture. My first book, Advertising on Trial: Consumer Activism and Corporate Public Relations in the 1930swas published by the University of Illinois Press in 2006 and Advertising at War Business, Consumers, and Government in the 1940s followed in 2012. In 2011, I co-edited A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies 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

Office Address

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

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Research Output

  • Author Meets Critics—The Aisles Have Eyes

    Turow, J., Mcallister, M. P., Stole, I. L. & Timke, E., Jan 1 2017, In : Advertising & Society Review. 18, 1

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Marketing and the Cold War: an overview

    Tadajewski, M. & Stole, I. L., Feb 15 2016, In : Journal of Historical Research in Marketing. 8, 1, p. 2-16 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Consumer Movements, History of

    Stole, I. L., Jan 15 2015, The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Consumption and Consumer Studies. Cook, D. T. & Ryan, J. M. (eds.). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, p. 1-5

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary