Dannagal G. Young

Political communication scholar
A professor and entertainer, Dannagal G. Young studies the impact of modern media on social and political discourse — and delivers her findings in unexpectedly performative ways.

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.

Dannagal G. Young’s TED talk