Dannagal G. Young studies the content, audience, and effects of political humor. Her research on the psychology and influence of humor has been widely published including articles in The Columbia Journalism Review, Media Psychology, Political Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Mass Media and Society. [Go to CV].
Danna grew up in New Hampshire and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of New Hampshire in 1998 with a double major in Political Science and French. She moved to Philadelphia in 1999 to pursue her Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication under Dr. Joseph Cappella. She earned her PhD from Penn in 2007 and is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Delaware where she teaches classes in mass communication, politics and entertainment, and media effects.
Danna is a Distinguished Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center and an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Arizona's National Institute for Civil Discourse. During the 2012 election, she worked with FlackCheck.org to to debunk inaccurate political claims through satire and parody. In Spring 2011, she launched an online forum for the interdisciplinary study of politics and entertainment, Breaking Boundaries, which resulted in an edited volume of essays in the International Journal of Communication in January 2013.
She is also an improvisational comedian, performing regularly with the improv comedy troupe, ComedySportz Philadelphia, since 1999.
Danna lives in the Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, PJ, and their two children, Baxter and Edie.