Dr. Danna Young
Dannagal G. Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication, 2007) is an Associate Professor of Communication 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 latest book "Irony and Outrage" examines satire and outrage as the logical extensions of the respective psychological profiles of liberals and conservatives (Oxford University Press, 2019: pre-order 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 and an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Arizona's National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). Along with NICD researchers Rob Boatright, Tim Shaffer, and Sarah Sobieraj, Young edited "A Crisis of Civility: Political Discourse and its Discontents" (Routledge, 2018).
Danna's writing has appeared in the popular press, including articles in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, contributions on National Public Radio, and coverage of her research in national and international publications including Variety, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, and the Christian Science Monitor.
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 in the Jersey suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband, PJ, and their two children.