Why you should listen
Dannagal G. Young studies the content, audience and effects of political information and satire. She is the author of Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laughter in the United States. Her work focuses on understanding how digital and traditional media interact with human psychology and affect democratic health -- and how we might change our information landscape to improve society.
Young is passionate about engaging people with concepts and theories that are traditionally discussed only among academics. As a professor at the University of Delaware and a professional improvisational comedian, she treats both teaching and public engagement as performance. In 2018, she wrote and performed in Dr. Young Unpacks, a live, one-woman show diving deeply into the psychology of media, politics and pop culture.