Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei

I am an assistant professor at the Department of Political Science and the La Follette School of Public Affairs, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, since August 2020. I am also a visiting scholar at the National School of Development, Peking University, from August 2022 to July 2023.

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 centralization reform of the judicial system. My work is published or forthcoming in the Journal of Comparative Economics 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
  • Office hours: TBD

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。同时,我也在北京大学国家发展研究院担任访问助理教授(2022年8月到2023年7月)。我的研究方向是比较政治制度(威权国家的政治制度、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)。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,之后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),并在美国纽约大学完成了政治学博士学位(2016–2020)。