Alison Dagnes

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Alison D. Dagnes, Ph.D.
Born (1969-07-06) July 6, 1969 (age 50)
OccupationProfessor, National and International Media Commentator

Alison Dawn Dagnes (born July 6, 1969) is a professor, author, and commentator on American politics. Her work focuses on politics and the media, politics and humor, and political scandal. She is a Professor of Political Science at the Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania.[1]


Dagnes earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2003. Her dissertation focused on the use of media by right-wing extremist groups. She earned her BA in government from St. Lawrence University in 1991 and graduated from the Maret School in Washington, DC in 1987.[2]

Career and Commentary[edit]

From 1991 to 1996, Alison Dagnes was a producer at C-SPAN in Washington, DC. She left Capitol Hill to attend grad school, and joined the Political Science Department at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Prior to that she was a lecturer at St. Lawrence University for two years.

She is currently a Professor of Political Science and teaches courses on political behavior. Despite being a Democrat, Dagnes served as the faculty adviser for the College Republicans at Shippensburg for over a decade. The Rev. Dr. Dagnes is also an ordained minister and has officiated the marriages of four of her former students. Additionally, she is an expert in animal calls, Muppet voices and also has a collection of elephant figurines.

Dagnes is a frequent commentator in print, radio, and television for both American and international audiences. She offers analysis and commentary on US media and politics, political sex scandals, and politics and humor. She has been featured in a variety of publications and outlets including, among others: Vanity Fair [3] [4]USA Today,[5] National Geographic “Startalk” with Niel DeGrasse Tyson,[6] [7]The Atlantic Monthly,[8] CNN,[9] Netroots Nation,[10] Wired,[11] L.A. Times,[12] New York Post,[13] Washington Times,[14] NPR,[15] Smithsonian,[16] C-SPAN,[17] MSNBC “The Cycle”,[18] Huffington Post,[19] Real Clear Politics,[20] Canadian Broadcast Corporation,[21] Psychology Today,[22] The Hill,[23] Miami Herald,[24] BBC,[25] Al Jazeera,[26] Triblive,[27] UPI,[28] Sirius/XM Radio “StandUp! With Pete Dominic,”[29] Excelsior (Mexico),[30] The Age (Australia),[31] Kansas City Star,[32] and the Atlantic Journal Constitution[33]


Alison Dagnes' new book "Super Mad at Everything All the Time" was released in 2019 She has also has written or edited four books and contributed chapters to several other volumes. Her books include: A Conservative Walks Into a Bar: The Politics of Political Humor (Palgrave-Macmillan 2012); Politics on Demand: The Effects of 24 Hour News on American Politics (Praeger 2010); Sex Scandals in American Politics: A Multidisciplinary Approach (edited) (Continuum 2011) and Scandal! An Interdisciplinary Approach to the Consequences, Outcomes, and Significance of Political Scandals (Edited with Mark Sachleben) (Bloomsbury 2013).[34][35][36] [37]


  1. ^ "Alison Dagnes Homepage". Shippensburg University.
  2. ^ "Alison Dagnes Homepage". Shippensburg University.
  3. ^ Bradley, Laura. "Four Years After He Left The Daily Show, There's Still Nobody Like Jon Stewart". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  4. ^ CSPAN, Book TV. "Super Mad at Everything All the Time". Retrieved 11 July 2019.
  5. ^ "Weiner Sanford Sex Scandals". USA Today.
  6. ^ "Neil DeGrasse Tyson". National Geographic "Startalk".
  7. ^ "IMDB Alison Dagnes". IMDB.
  8. ^ "Why There's No Conservative Jon Stewarts". The Atlantic Monthly.
  9. ^ "Sex Scandal Life Cycle". CNN.
  10. ^ "Comedy, Video and Advocacy". Netroots Nation 2013.
  11. ^ "Scientifically Speaking, Who is Funnier: Democrats or Republicans?". Wired.
  12. ^ "What's the 'greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history'? We asked the experts". L.A. Times.
  13. ^ "'Scandal' and 'SVU' riff on Weiner's sexting scandal". New York Post.
  14. ^ "Taint Funny Hillary". Washington Times.
  15. ^ "The 2016 'Invisible Primary' — Made Visible". National Public Radio NPR.
  16. ^ "Is There a Liberal Bias to Political Comedy?". Smithsonian.
  17. ^ "Politics on Demand". C-SPAN.
  18. ^ "The Politics of Punch Lines". MSNBC "The Cycle".
  19. ^ "What's Holding Conservative Leaning Satire Back?". Huffington Post.
  20. ^ "Ohio: Portrait of America". Real Clear Politics RCP.
  21. ^ "Monica Lewinsky TED Talk to bring personal story of Clinton sex scandal". CBC, Canadian Broadcast Corporation.
  22. ^ "Sex Scandals in Politics: Who Care?". Psychology Today.
  23. ^ "Is Monica a Problem for Clinton?". The Hill.
  24. ^ "Scamsters, jokers: this PAC's for you". Miami Herald.
  25. ^ "US elections: The scandal-hit politicians on the ballot". BBC.
  26. ^ "Monica Lewinsky's return and the sexism 2.0 of political scandals". Al Jazeera.
  27. ^ "Supreme Court Justice Scalia's death throws a wrench in presidential race". TribLive.
  28. ^ "Politics: Primary Season Winds Down". UPI.
  29. ^ "Comedy and Politics". StandUp! With Pete Dominic.
  30. ^ "Commentary" (PDF). Excelsior Newspaper (Mexico).
  31. ^ "Silly Sausage". The Age (Australia).
  32. ^ "Sex scandals can be overcome, but Cain's task is difficult". Kansas City Star. November 3, 2011.
  33. ^ "Cain Denies Sexual harassment Allegations". Atlantic Journal-Constitution. November 1, 2011.
  34. ^ "A Conservative Walks Into A Bar". Palgrave.
  35. ^ "Politics on Demand". Praeger.
  36. ^ "Sex Scandals in American Politics". Bloomsbury.
  37. ^ "Scandal!". Bloomsbury Publishing.