Dannagal G. Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, 2007) is an Associate Professor 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].
Young is a Research Fellow with the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication and was awarded the
Delaware's Excellence in Teaching Award in 2014. She 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.
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 socia
l 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.
Her work has appeared in the popular press, including editorials in The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, and Huffington Post, contributions on National Public Radio, and coverage in national and international newspapers.
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
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.