Danny Choi

  • Assistant Professor

Donghyun Danny Choi is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh. His areas of expertise include comparative politics, political behavior, and political methodology. His current research seeks to understand the challenges to representation in new democracies using rigorous tools of social science inquiry. His book project, Severed Connections: Intraparty Politics and Representation in Democratic Africa, investigates how political parties and the nature of candidate selection institutions influence the relationship between elected representatives and their constituents in African democracies. Before arriving at the University of Pittsburgh, he was a Pre/Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's Identity and Conflict Lab. He received his PhD in political Science from the University of California, Berkeley in 2018.


1352 Introduction to African Politics
1381 Comparative Politics Capstone Seminar: Building Democracy Around the World


Education & Training

  • PhD, University of California,Berkely, 2018

Representative Publications

Donghyun Danny Choi, Mathias Poertner, and Nicholas Sambanis. Forthcoming. “Parochialism, SocialNorms, and Discrimination Against Immigrants”, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Chris Krogslund, Donghyun Danny Choi, and Mathias Poertner. 2015. “Fuzzy Sets on Shaky Ground? Parametric and Specification Sensitivity in fsQCA”, Political Analysis 23(1), 21–41.

Research Interests

Democratic Representation
Political Parties and Elections
Identity Politics
African Politics


Area of Study