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.


  • Email: zhenhuan.lei[at]wisc.edu
  • Office: 322D North Hall
  • Twitter: @leizhh2008
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