About Us

We are a team of professors from Harvard University's Kennedy School and the University of Delaware's Center for Political Communication interested in improving American democratic health.

Dr. Dannagal G. Young, Ph.D.

Dannagal Goldthwaite Young (Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2007) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Delaware. Her research interests include political media effects, public opinion, non-traditional political information, political satire and the psychology of political humor. Her work on the role and effects of political satire has been published in numerous journals including Media Psychology, Political Communication, International Journal of Press/Politics, Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media, and Mass Media and Society. Young is a member of the National Institute for Civil Discourse Research Network and in 2014, was named a Distinguished Research Fellow of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and received the University of Delaware's Excellence in Teaching Award.

Dr. Matthew A. Baum, Ph.D.

Matthew A. Baum (Ph.D., UC San Diego, 2000) is Marvin Kalb Professor of Global Communications and Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Department of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on the domestic sources of foreign policy and the role of the mass media and public opinion in contemporary American politics and foreign policy. His research has been published in over a dozen leading scholarly journals, such as the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, and International Organization. He has also published numerous op-ed articles in newspapers, blogs, and news magazines in the United States and abroad. He is author of Soft News Goes to War: Public Opinion and American Foreign Policy in the New Media Age (Princeton, 2003) and co-author of War Stories: The Causes and Consequences of Public Views of War (Princeton, 2010) and War and Democratic Constraint: How the Public Influences Foreign Policy (Princeton, 2015).

Meet the Team

Matthew A. Baum / Co-Founder

Harvard University

Dannagal Young / Co-Founder

University of Delaware

Jeff Hoye / Programmer

Asma Farooq / Project Manager

Advisory Board