Donghyun Danny Choi

Donghyun Danny Choi

Assistant Professor of Political Science

University of Pittsburgh

I am an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. My research focuses on two broad themes: democratic representation and identity politics.

My first book project, which won APSA’s Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy in 2020, investigates how political parties and the nature of candidate selection institutions influence the relationship between elected representatives and their constituents in new democracies. My coauthored second book project examines the extent to which common norms, identities, and ideas can reduce prejudice and discrimination against immigrants and ultimately facilitate their inclusion in democratic polities. I also have a series of papers and projects on these two themes.

I received my PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2018 and was previously a pre/postdoctoral fellow at the Identity & Conflict Lab, University of Pennsylvania.

You can reach me at dannychoi[at]


  • Democratic Representation
  • Political Parties
  • Identity Politics
  • Political Methodology


  • PhD in Political Science, 2018

    University of California, Berkeley

  • MA in Political Science, 2012

    University of California, Berkeley

  • BA in Economics, 2007

    Korea University

Working Papers

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Paying to Party: Candidate Resources and Party Switching in New Democracies (Resubmitted to Party Politics)
​​​Communications Technology and National Identity in Sub-Saharan Africa
​​​Do Voters Respond to Cross-Ethnic Campaigning in Divided Societies? (Under Review)
​​​Ethnicity and Judicial Decision-making: Evidence from the Kenyan High Courts
​​​Political Endorsements and Cross-Ethnic Voting in Africa
​​​The Rejection of Election Results in Africa (R & R at African Affairs)
​​​Accountability Under Devolved Government: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Kenya


Identity Politics (Graduate)

Dissertation Overview (Graduate)

Computational Social Science (Undergraduate)

Comparative Politics Capstone (Undergraduate)

African Politics (Undergraduate)