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University of Delaware
Public opinion, media effects, satire, late-night, entertainment, political psychology, elections
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About Me

Displaying Headshot Young_Dannagal-06.jpgDannagal 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 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.

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, 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 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.

Recent Publications

LaMarre, H. L, Landreville, K. D., & Young, D. G.  (2014). Humor Works in Funny Ways: Examining Satirical Tone as a Key Determinant in Political Humor Message Processing.  Mass Communication & Society, 17, 400 – 423.

Brewer, P., Young, D. G., & Jones, P. E. (2013). Campaign News Genres, Audience Characteristics, and Media Perceptions: A Field Experiment. Electronic News, 7, 189 – 203.

Young, D. G.,
Holbert, R. L., & Jamieson, K. H. (2014).  Successful Practices for the Strategic use of Political Parody and Satire:  Lessons from the P6 Symposium and the 2012 Election Campaign. American Behavioral Scientist, Election Issue 58, 1111 – 1130.Brewer, P. R., Young, D. G., Morreale, M. (2013). The Impact of Real News about “Fake News”: Intertextual Processes and Political Satire. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 25, 323 – 343.

Jones, P. E., Hoffman, L. H., & Young, D. G.  (2013). Online emotional appeals and political participation: The effect of candidate affect on mass behavior.  New Media & Society, 5, 1132 –  1150. PDF.

Young, D. G. (2014). Theories and Effects of Political Humor:  Discounting Cues, Gateways, and the Impact of Incongruities. In K. Kenski and K. H. Jamieson (Eds.), Handbook of Political Communication Theories.  Oxford University Press.

Hoffman, L. H., Jones, P. E., & Young, D. G. (2013). Does My Comment Count? Perceptions of Political Participation in an Online Environment. Computers in Human Behavior. 29, 2248 – 2256. PDF.

Young, D. G.  (2013). Laughter, Learning, or Enlightenment? Viewing and Aviodance Motivations behind The Daily Show and The Colbert Report.  Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, 57, 153 – 169.PDF.

Young, D. G. (2013). Lighten Up: How Satire will Make American Politics Relevant Again. The Columbia Journalism Review. July/Aug. URL:

Young, D. G. & Gray, J. (2013). Breaking Boundaries: Working Across the Methodological and Epistemological Divide in the Study of Political Entertainment. International Journal of Communication, Breaking Boundaries Special Section, 7, 552 – 555. PDF.

Young, D. G.  (2013). Political Satire and Occupy Wall Street: How Comics Co-opted Strategies of the Protest Paradigm to Legitimize a Movement. International Journal of Communication, Breaking Boundaries Special Section, 7, 371 – 393. PDF.

Holbert, R. L. & Young, D. G. (2013). Exploring relations between political entertainment media and traditional political communication information outlets: A research agenda. In E. Scharrer (Ed.), The International Encyclopedia of Media Studies: Media Effects / Media Psychology Volume 5. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell. PDF.

Young, D. G. (2012). Entertainment, Satire, and the Big Questions or our Political World. In R. Glover and D. Tagliarina (Eds.), Teaching Politics Beyond the Book: Film, Texts, and New Media in the Classroom (pp. 179 – 198). New York: Continuum Publishers. PDF.

Young, D. G. & Hoffman, L. H. (2012). Acquisition of Current Events Knowledge from Political Satire Programming: An Experimental Approach. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 20, 290 – 304. PDF.

Esralew, S. & Young, D. G. (2012). The Influence of Parodies on Mental Models: Exploring the Tina Fey-Sarah Palin Phenomenon, Communication Quarterly, 60, 338 – 352. PDF.

Young, D. G. (2012). A Flip-Flopper and a Dumb Guy Walk into a Bar: Political humor and Priming in the 2004 Campaign, HUMOR: The International Journal of Humor Research. 25, 215-231. PDF.

Young, D. G. (2011). Political Entertainment and the Press’ Construction of Sarah Feylin. Popular Communication, 9, 1-15. PDF.

Young, D. G. & Esralew, S. (2011). Jon Stewart a heretic? Surely you jest: Political Participation and Discussion  Among Viewers of Late-night Comedy Programming,  In A. Amarasinga (Ed). The Stewart/Colbert Effect:  Essays on the Real Impact of Fake News.  (pp. 99 – 116). Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co. Publishers.

Hoffman, L. H. & Young, D. G. (2011). Satire, punch lines, and the nightly news: Untangling media effects on political participation. Communication Research Reports 28(2) 159 — 168. PDF.

Media Coverage

In The News:
A politician walks into a joke. Does she get elected? (Washington Post)
Trump, Clinton campaigns a gold mine for comedians (Tampa Bay Times)
Late-night television hosts get political for ratings (Globe and Mail)
Before Wrestling Donald Trump, Seth Meyers Fought for His ‘Late Night’ Voice (Variety)
Voters like pols who can laugh at themselves; why these can’t candidates pull it off (The Washington Post)

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United States

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