Center for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Donghyun Danny Choi

Assistant Professor of Political Science


Donghyun Danny Choi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Brown University. His research focuses on two broad themes: political parties and identity politics. His first book project (with Mathias Poertner and Nicholas Sambanis), Native Bias: Overcoming Discrimination Against Immigrants, examines the extent to which common norms, identities, and ideas can reduce prejudice and discrimination against immigrants and ultimately facilitate their inclusion in democratic societies. This book is forthcoming at Princeton University Press in the Princeton Studies in Political Behavior series. His second book project, Severed Connections: Intraparty Politics and Representation in Africa, investigates how political parties and the nature of candidate selection institutions influence the relationship between elected representatives and their constituents in new democracies. This project won APSA’s Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy in 2020. Danny's work on these two themes has been published or is forthcoming in the Proceedings of the National Academy of SciencesAmerican Political Science ReviewAmerican Journal of Political ScienceJournal of PoliticsPolitical AnalysisPolitical Science Research and Methods, and Journal of Experimental Political Science, among others. Before joining Brown, Danny was an assistant professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh, and a pre/postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Identity and Conflict Lab. He received a BA in economics from Korea University and his MA and PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.