Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei

Position title: Assistant Professor Political Science and Public Affairs

Email: zhenhuan.lei@wisc.edu

Address:
322D North Hall

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Research Interests:

Autocracy, Chinese politics, local governments, political economy of development, public finance, judicial politics

Education:
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, New York University, 2020
  • M.A. in Economics and M.P.A., University of Southern California, 2016
  • B.A. in English Language and Literature & Economics, China Foreign Affairs University, 2014
Biography:

Reed Lei is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Affairs. Using tools from statistical methods and game theory, his research primarily focuses on how bureaucracy, party, congress, court, business association, local governments, and other formal institutions work in authoritarian settings with a regional focus on China. He is working on a book manuscript that studies how different models of government accountability and political career incentives affect the decision to invest in transportation infrastructure in China and in the United States.