June 23: Dannagal Young and Lorraine Ali
About this event
Dannagal Young (Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication) is an improvisation comedienne, as well as an Associate Professor of Communication and Political Science at the University of Delaware. Dr. Young’s research interests include political satire, political media effects, public opinion and the psychology of political humor. She is known for her research on the intersection of entertainment and information, including the effects of shows like “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” ; her studies focus on the content, audience, and effects of nontraditional political information. Her scholarly work has explored late-night comedy as a gateway to traditional news and political participation among viewers of late-night comedy. Young’s research interests are rooted in her own comedic talents; she performs monthly with a Philadelphia-based improv comedy troupe.
Dr. 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, an Affiliated Researcher with the University of Arizona’s National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD), and co-editor of “A Crisis of Civility: Political Discourse and its Discontents” (Routledge, 2018).
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]. Her book “Irony and Outrage” examines satire and outrage as the logical extensions of the respective psychological profiles of liberals and conservatives (Oxford University Press, 2020).
Lorraine Ali is an American journalist and pundit who is a member of the George Foster Peabody Awards board of jurors. Based in Los Angeles, California, she is a television critic at the Los Angeles Times, where she was previously a senior writer and music editor.