Daniel J. Young

Assistant Professor

223 Levey Hall



  • B.A. Political Science, Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. Political Science, UCLA

Research Interests

My research focuses on African Politics, and the relationship between political institutions and the development of democracy in that region. This includes a focus on government/media relations, presidents and term limits, and voters and political parties, among other related topics. I am interested in both observational and experimental approaches.

Recent Courses Taught

  • POL 142 - American Politics and Diversity
  • POL 221 - Comparative Politics
  • ASO 301 - Applied Social Research (Research Design and Quantitative Analysis)
  • ASO 401 - Applied Social Research (Capstone Seminar)

Select Publications

VonDoepp, Peter, and Daniel J. Young. Forthcoming. "Elite Rhetoric, Media Professionalism and Popular Support for Media Freedoms in Sub-Saharan Africa." Forthcoming. Journal of Commonwealth and Comparative Politics.

VonDoepp, Peter, and Daniel J. Young. 2023. "Polarization, Media Professionalism, and Support for Press Freedoms in Sub-Saharan Africa: A Report on Early Results." Political Studies Review

Dawson, Mark, and Daniel J. Young. 2021. "Presidential Tenure and Constitutional Provisions: Recent Evidence from Central Africa." Africa Spectrumhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0002039720980457

Carlin, Ryan, Gregory Love, and Daniel J. Young. (2019). “Political Competition, Partisanship, and Interpersonal Trust under Party Dominance: Evidence from post-Apartheid South Africa.” Journal of Experimental Political Science.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/XPS.2019.17

Posner, Daniel N., and Daniel J. Young. (2018). “Term Limits: Leadership, Political Competition, and the Transfer of Power.” In Institutions and Democracy in Africa: How the Rules of the Game Shape Political Developments Nic Cheeseman (ed.) Democracy and Institutions in Africa. Cambridge University Press.
ISBN-10: 1316602559

VonDoepp, Peter, and Daniel J. Young. (2016). “Holding the State at Bay: Understanding Media Freedoms in Africa.” Democratization, 23(7), 1101-1121.
doi: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13510347.2015.1044524

Young, Daniel J. (2012). “An Initial Look into Party Switching in Africa: Evidence from Malawi.” Party Politics, 20(1), 105-115.
doi: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1354068811436041

VonDoepp, Peter, and Daniel J. Young. (2013). “Assaults on the Fourth Estate: Explaining Media Harassment in Africa.” Journal of Politics, 75(1), 36-51.
doi: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1017/S0022381612000850

Smiddy, Kimberly, and Daniel J. Young. (2009). “Presidential and parliamentary elections in Malawi, May 2009.” (2009). Electoral Studies, 28(4), 662-666.
doi: https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/19870

Jensen, Nathan M., and Daniel J. Young. (2008). “A Violent Future? Political Risk Insurance Markets and Violence Fore- casts.” Journal of Conflict Resolution, 52(4), 527-547.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1177/0022002708316744

Posner, Daniel N., and Daniel J. Young. (2007). “The Institutionalization of Political Power in Africa. Journal of Democracy, 18(3), 126-140.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1353/jod.2007.0053
reprinted in Diamond, Larry and Marc F. Plattner. (2010). “Democratization in Africa: Progress and Retreat.” Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press.
ISBN-10: 9780801894848