Edward Timke Ph.D.

Edward Timke

Assistant Professor

  • Advertising + Public Relations


Edward (Ed) Timke is a disabled scholar and activist focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in advertising. Before coming to Michigan State University, Dr. Timke held positions at the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute, Duke University (Cultural Anthropology and Innovation & Entrepreneurship), American University (School of International Service), and the University of California, Berkeley (Media Studies). Since 2016, he has been the Associate Editor of Advertising & Society Quarterly, an academic journal focused on advertising’s relationship to society, culture, history, and the economy. He has published various research and educational articles on DEIB in advertising, including disability, gender, race, and sexuality. Timke works closely with the Advertising Educational Foundation in New York to develop educational programs that build bridges between academia and industry. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities Digital Humanities Advancement Grant and numerous awards recognizing his excellence in teaching and mentoring. 

Research and Teaching

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) in advertising
  • Disability, gender, sexuality, race, and socioeconomic status in advertising and the advertising workplace
  • Representations of historically marginalized people in advertising and media
  • International and intercultural dimensions of advertising
  • History of advertising and media
  • Material culture of advertising

PhD, Communication, University of Michigan

MA, International and Intercultural Communication, University of Denver

BA, International Relations and French, Michigan State University

Contact Information

Communication Arts & Sciences
404 Wilson Rd Room 370
East Lansing, MI 48824