Dannagal Goldthwaite Young


Journalists: Andrea Boyle Tippett (UD Media Relations) can assist with interview requests for this expert. 302-831-1421, aboyle@udel.edu
  • Research interests include political satire, political media effects, public opinion and the psychology of political humor.
  • Studies the intersection of entertainment and information, including the effects of shows like "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" and "The Colbert Report." 
  • <strong> </strong>Scholarly work has explored late-night comedy as a gateway to traditional news and political participation among viewers of late-night comedy.<br />
  • Young's research interests are rooted in her own comedic talents; she performs monthly with a Philadelphia-based improv comedy troupe.&nbsp;

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Associate Professor, Communication

In The News:
How to Deal With 2016 Despair (The Atlantic)
Is 'President Trump' Funny? Late-Night Reconsiders What's Good for a Laugh (Variety)
COMMENTARY: Bringing politics to life for kids (Courier-Post)
The daily punchline: How late-night TV jokes are framing Trump and Clinton (Globe and Mail)
Bee says she likes Fallon, but couldn't take Trump interview (AP)
A politician walks into a joke. Does she get elected? (Washington Post)
Trump, Clinton campaigns a gold mine for comedians (Tampa Bay Times)
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)

UDaily Articles:
UD's Young to be guest on Radio Times program Sept. 19
Center for Political Communication sets symposium on politics, entertainment
Social media, politics collide in focus of UD research

politics, communication, psychology, late night comedy, comedy, political communication, political satire