Zhenhuan (Reed) Lei


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Research Interests:

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

  • Ph.D. in Political Science, New York University, 2020 (expected)
  • 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

Reed Lei is a visiting scholar at UW-Madison and Ph.D. candidate of politics at New York University. He will join UW-Madison as an assistant professor of political science and public affairs in 2021. His research focuses on critical political and policy issues, such as infrastructure investment, public finance, bureaucratic incentive schemes, and resource allocation 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.