Dr. Danna Young

Dannagal G. Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Communication and Political Science at the University of Delaware where she studies the content, audience, and effects of political humor. Her research on the psychology and influence of political entertainment 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]. Her book "Irony and Outrage" examines satire and outrage as the logical extensions of the respective psychological profiles of liberals and conservatives (Oxford University Press, 2020: here).

Young is a Research Fellow with the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication and was awarded the University of Delaware's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Arizona's National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), and co-editor of "A Crisis of Civility: Political Discourse and its Discontents" (Routledge, 2018).

Danna's writing and research have appeared in such popular press outlets as:

Full full press list go HERE.
(Routledge, 2019) Edited volume with National Institute for Civil Discourse Researchers exploring the concept of political civility.
(USC Annenberg Press, 2013) Co-edited with Jonathan Gray. Explores the field of political entertainment studies and advocates for scholars to diversify their epistemological and methodological approaches.

Young is creator and host of Dr. Young Unpacks, a playful, high energy, informative talk show produced by CSz Philadelphia that dives deep into the psychology of media, politics, and popular culture.


Together with Jonathan Gray (University of Wisconsin), Young co-edited the volume Breaking Boundaries in Political Entertainment Studies (2013). She is cofounder (with Matthew Baum at Harvard) of vMOBilize.org, an online voter mobilization game that capitalizes on social networks and gaming theory to engage politically disengaged audiences in the political process. During the 2012 election, she worked with FlackCheck.org to to debunk inaccurate political claims through satire and parody.

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. Danna has been a professor at the University of Delaware since 2006.

She is also an improvisational comedian, performing regularly with the improv comedy troupe, ComedySportz Philadelphia, since 1999.

Danna lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and their two children.

(Above) Recording comedy podcast, Punch Up Podcast, with members of CSz Philly. (Below) Performing with Csz Philly

danna young . department of communication . university of delaware

dgyoung [at] udel.edu