Lei Dingkun

Lei Dingkun
Assistant Professor

Education: Doctoral Degree
Languages: Chinese, English, Hindi
Email: leidk@mail.tsinghua.edu.cn
Research Countries/Regions: India, South Asia
Research Interests: Political Institutions, Center-state Relations, Special Economic Zones, Middle-level Governance, Government-Business Relations.

Education Background:

  • B.A. in Hindi Language and Literature, Beijing Foreign Studies University, China.
  • M.A. in Political Science, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.
  • Ph.D. in Political Science, Department of International Relations, School of Social Sciences, Tsinghua University, China.

Academic Visiting:

  • 2016-2017 Visiting Researcher, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley, USA.
  • 2017-2019 Studies in CPS, SSS, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

Academic Papers:

  • Lei, Dingkun. “Statehood Demand in India and Its Mechanism and Process,” South Asian Studies Quarterly, Vol.1, No.1, 2020, pp.61-71. (Peer-reviewed Journal in Chinese)
  • Lei, Dingkun, Zhao Kejin. “Multi-Perspectives Analysis on India’s Special Economic Zones,” South Asian Studies, No.1, 2018, pp.114-140. (Peer-reviewed Journal in Chinese)
  • Feng, Renjie, Dingkun Lei. “Mamallapuram Summit Held in Uncertainties: India’s and China’s Continuing Efforts to Pluck Low-Hanging Fruit,” East Asian Policy, Vol.11, No.4, 2019, pp.28-36.

Book Chapters:

  • Lei, Dingkun. “Center-State Relations,” in Xie Chao (ed.), Political Institutions in India, upcoming in 2022.
  • Lei, Dingkun. “South Asia and Indian Ocean Region,” in Zhao Kejin (ed.), Area Studies, upcoming in 2021.
  • Lei, Dingkun and Xie Chao. The India’s Internal Dynamics of the Galwan Valley Conflict and Its Implications for Sino-Indian Relations, in Yang Jian (ed.), Report of China’s Neighboring Diplomacy Studies (2020-2021), upcoming in 2022.
  • Lei, Dingkun. “Center-State Relations,” in Xie Chao (ed.), Political Institutions in India, Beijing: China Social Science Press, 2021.

Area Observation and Commentary:

  • Lei, Dingkun. “Frenzy and Reality: State Assembly Elections in India Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic”, Area Observation, No.5,2020.
  • Lei, Dingkun. “A Brief Analysis of Epidemic Management at the Federal Government Level in India,” Area Observation, No.1, 2020.
  • Lei, Dingkun. “Behind the Sino-Indian Galwan River Conflict: A Brief Analysis of India’s Domestic Political Trends,” Area Observation, No.2, 2020.
  • Feng, R.J. and D.K. Lei. “Contrasting Interpretations of Mamallapuram Summit: A Similar Expectation with Different Emphases”, China-India Brief, 2019, published by Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore.
  • Feng, R.J. and D.K. Lei.“Three Issues for Modi and Xi to Consider,” Rediff, Oct.10, 2019. https://www.rediff.com/news/column/three-issues-for-modi-and-xi-to-consider/20191010.htm.
  • Lei, Dingkun. “India’s Latest Constitutional Amendment, Is it a Step too Far?” Guancha, Jan 12, 2019. https://www.guancha.cn/leidingkun/2019_01_13_486675.shtml.
  • Lei, Dingkun. “Modi Makes Another Bold Move by Removing Kashmir’s Special Status,” Guancha, Aug 7, 2019. https://www.guancha.cn/leidingkun/2019_08_07_512574.shtml.


  • 2020.11 China South Asia Association 2020 Annual Conference.
    Presentation: Discussion on Fiscal Federalism through the Lens of Center-State Interactions in India.
  • 2019.11 A Symposium on “Middle-Level Governance From Comparative Perspectives”, Wuhan University.
    Presentation: An Exploration of the Dynamics and Institutions of Center-State Relations in India.
  • 2019.7 2019 Annual Academic Conference of the International Political Studies Committee of the Chinese Society of Higher Education – Doctoral Student Sub-forum.
    Paper submitted and presented: An Analysis of India’s ‘weak’ State Capacity.
  • 2019.7 1st Tsinghua Area Studies Forum: Innovating New Approaches to Common Challenges in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
    Paper submitted and presented: Internal Secession Politics in India: A Perspective of Superimposition Identity Mode.
  • 2017.5 Young Scholars Research Symposium: A Celebration of Student Excellence, Institute for South Asia Studies, UC Berkeley.
    Presentation:A Discussion——Challenges of SEZ Development in India: Timing, Policy Positioning and Governance.