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

My first (coauthored) book project, Norms, Ideas, and Identities: 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 project is currently under contract at Princeton University Press. My 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.

My work on these two themes have been published or are forthcoming in the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Experimental Political Science, Party Politics, Political Science Research and Methods, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Political Analysis.

I received my PhD in Political Science from UC Berkeley in 2018 and was previously a pre/postdoctoral fellow at the Identity & Conflict Lab (Director: Nicholas Sambanis), University of Pennsylvania. You can reach me at dannychoi[at]pitt[dot]edu. The link to my university website is [here].