Political Science

Donghyun Danny Choi

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Rm 341/Watson Institute of International and Public Affairs - 111 Thayer Street
Areas of Expertise Methods, Political Development/Politics and History, Political Economy, World Politics
Office Hours POLS1822Q: Thursdays 1:30pm-3:30pm//POLS2590: Wednesdays 4:00pm-6:00pm or by appointment


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 Politics, Political Analysis, Political 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. 


  • Best Book Award from the Experimental Research Section, APSA 2023
  • Luebbert Award for Best Article in Comparative Politics, Comparative Politics Section, APSA 2022 
  • Rebecca Morton Best JEPS Article Award, Experimental Research Section, APSA 2022 
  • Best Paper Award, European Politics & Society Section, APSA 2021
  • Fiona McGillivray Award for Best Paper, Political Economy Section, APSA 2020
  • Juan Linz Prize for Best Dissertation in the Comparative Study of Democracy, Democracy & Autocracy Section, APSA 2020