Dannagal Young

Dannagal G. Young, Ph.D.

Dannagal Young
  • Visiting Sabbatical Scholar, Annenberg Public Policy Center
  • Professor of Communication and Political Science, University of Delaware

Dannagal Young studies the audience, content, appeal, and effects of non-traditional forms of political information. She is a public-facing scholar, author of 2 books, and over 60 academic articles and chapters.

Dannagal G. Young is a Professor of Communication and Political Science at the University of Delaware. Her book Irony and Outrage: The Polarized Landscape of Rage, Fear, and Laugher in the U.S. examines satire and outrage as the logical extensions of the respective psychological profiles of liberals and conservatives. Her current book project, Wrong: How Media, Politics, and Identity Drive our Appetite for Misinformation, was released in October 2023.

Dr. Young's 2020 TED Talk explaining how our psychology shapes our politics, and how media exploit these relationships, has been viewed over 1.9 million times. She publishes extensively in the popular press with essays and op-eds in outlets including Vox.com, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic. She has appeared on CNN, PBS Newshour, ABC News, NPR, and various national and international podcasts.

As of 2020, her research has been cited in over 70 popular press articles, news stories, and interviews at such outlets as The Washington Post, USA Today, Politico, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, The New York Times, The Atlantic, PBS, Slate, and Vox. Her popular University of Delaware course "Propaganda and Persuasion" was released by The Great Courses in 2023. In recognition of her public facing work, in 2021, Dr. Young became the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Robert M. Entman Award in Democracy and Political Communication from the School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at The George Washington University.

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 holds affiliations with the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center and the University of Arizona's National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), where she co-edited A Crisis of Civility: Political Discourse and its Discontents.


  • B.A., University of New Hampshire, 1998
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007