She received her Ph.D. from Purdue University in 1982. Prior to joining the UCSB faculty in 2002, Professor Stohl was the Margaret Church Distinguished Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at her alma mater. A Fellow of the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association and Past President of the International Communication Association, Professor Stohl is recognized as a leading scholar and teacher in the area of globalization and organizational communication.
The author of two award winning books and more than one hundred articles and book chapters, Professor Stohl’s research focuses on global organizing and “connectedness in action.” Her studies are grounded in questions of social responsibility and empirically explore the ways in which organizations and their members constitute models of citizenship and develop stakeholder networks in the new media environment. Her most recent book Collective Action in Organizations: Interaction and Engagement in an Era of Technological Change published by Cambridge University Press (2012) was co-authored with UCSB Professors Bruce Bimber and Andrew Flanagin.
In 2007 Professor Stohl was a recipient of the UCSB Distinguished Teaching Award and in 2011 she received the New Zealand Federation of Graduate Women Scholar Award. She has been a visiting professor in Denmark and New Zealand and a featured speaker at conferences and universities throughout the world.