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Samantha Vortherms

Comparative Politics
Research Interests: 
China, Methodology, Political Economy, Political Institutions, Social Policy

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Samantha A. Vortherms received her B.A. in International Studies and German from the University of Richmond and Masters degrees in International Relations and Public Policy at the University of Chicago in 2010 before beginning her PhD studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After completing her B.A., she spent a year teaching English at a public school in southern China. While at the University of Chicago, she worked as a research intern at Heartland Alliance, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting human rights through local NGO capacity building. Her studies and research have been supported by multiple FLAS fellowships, the Social Science Research Council, a Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship, the Institute for Humane Studies, a  Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation. Sam's research focuses on the expansion of social welfare provision in China and the different tools local leaders use to balance social welfare and economic growth in China's non-democratic environment.