Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei

I am an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am also a visiting scholar at the National School of Development, Peking University, starting in August 2022.

My research and teaching focus on comparative political economy, authoritarian politics, and Chinese politics. Currently, I am working on a book project that investigates why some governments have stronger incentives to invest in infrastructure projects than others. My research also tries to understand the functions of political institutions in China, including the relationship between the Party and the government, the legislative functions of the parliament and government, and the re-centralization reform of the judicial system. My work has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, the Journal of Comparative Economics, the Journal of Political Institutions and Political Economy, and the Journal of Politics.

I was born in Chengdu, China. I received a B.A. in English Language and Literature and a Bachelor of Economics in International Economics and Trade from China Foreign Affairs University; an M.P.A. and an M.A. in Economics from the University of Southern California; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University.

Contact:

  • Email: zhenhuan.lei@wisc.edu
  • Office:
    • 322D North Hall (Madison)
    • 北京大学国家发展研究院承泽园校区335 (Beijing)
  • Twitter: @Reed Lei
  • 微博: @Reed雷镇环 [常年追星,不务正业]

Chinese self-introduction:

雷镇环中文简介:我现就职于威斯康星大学麦迪逊分校,担任政治科学和公共政策助理教授。自2022年8月起,我在北京大学国家发展研究院担任访问助理教授。我于90年代初出生于四川省成都市。我中学毕业于成都外国语学校,大学在外交学院主修英语语言与文学专业,并辅修了国际经济与贸易双学位(2010–2014)。毕业后,我在美国南加州大学攻读公共管理硕士和经济学硕士学位(2014–2016),之后在美国纽约大学完成了政治学博士学位(2016–2020)。

我现在的研究方向是比较政治制度(共产党国家和中国政治制度)和比较政治经济学(政府公共投资的政治逻辑)。主要关注的问题包括:第一,为什么有的政府更愿意在基础设施上投资?这些政府是如何克服官员短任期与长期公共投资之间的期限错配的?另外,这些国家是如何解决不同机构和地方,在跨区域、大型基础设施投资上的扯皮和协调问题的?第二,中国的党委、政府和人大之间是如何分工的?为什么要把政策制定和执行分散在这几个不同的机构?这个分工如何影响政策设计和执行?以上两个方面的问题通过现代统计方法做实证的政治学同行相对偏少,所以如果你也感兴趣这两方面的问题,欢迎和我交流,也欢迎申请鄙系的博士项目。