Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei

I am an assistant professor of Political Science and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My recent research focuses on the following questions: (1) Why do politicians who hold short tenure expectations have incentives to invest in long-term and large-scale infrastructure development in some cases? (2) Why and how do some authoritarian regimes build some form of the rule of law in their legislative and judicial systems? (3) What are the benefits and limits of political centralization?

I was born in Chengdu, China. I received the B.A. in English Language and Literature and the Bachelor of Economics in International Economics and Trade (2014) from China Foreign Affairs University; the M.P.A. and the M.A. in Economics (2016) from the University of Southern California; and the Ph.D. in Political Science (2020) from New York University.

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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。我的研究方向是比较政治(威权国家的政治制度和中国政治)和政治经济学(政府公共投资的政治逻辑)。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(2004-2010),之后保送至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),并在美国纽约大学完成了政治学博士学位(2016-2020)。