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.
Gordon G. Liu, Samantha A. Vortherms, and Xuezhi Hong. 2017. "China's Health Reform Update." Annual Review of Public Health. 38.
Zhou, Quinm Gordon G. Lui, Yankun Sun, and Samantha Vortherms. 2016. "The Effect of the Reimbursement Policy on Residents." China Journal of Social Work.
Vortherms, Samanth A. 2015. "Localized Citizenships: Household Registration as an Internal Citizenship Institution." Theorizing Chinese Citizenship.
"Best Thesis in Comparative Politics" in the UW-Political Science Department for her dissertation "A Comparative Political Economy of China’s Local Citizenship."
Humane Studies Fellowship
Wisconsin-Mellon Fellowship for Young Collaborator on a China Medical Board Grant
Humane Studies Fellowship for 2015-2016 academic year
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
Institute for Humane Studies Fellowship
Scott Kloeck-Jenson Fellowship
Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship