Stephen Winn Linton
Dr. Stephen Linton (born 1950) is a humanitarian and an expert on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). He has visited North Korea over 80 times since 1979 and twice met the country's late president, Kim Il-sung, as an advisor and translator to the Rev. Billy Graham.
He is also the founder and chairman of the Eugene Bell Foundation, which provides medical humanitarian assistance to rural North Korea. Focusing on multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, the foundation currently sponsors 12 medical centers serving patients in half of the country.
Currently an affiliated scholar at Harvard University's Korea Institute, Linton was raised in a rural area of Jeollanam-do, South Korea as the son of a prominent family of missionaries to Korea. His father, Hugh Linton, established over 200 churches in rural Korea and his mother, Betty Linton, served 40 years as director of the Soonchun Christian Tuberculosis Rehabilitation Center. His brother, John Linton, is the director of International Healthcare Center of Yonsei University in Seoul.
BA (Philosophy), Yonsei University MA, Columbia University PhD, Columbia University
- Eugene Bell Foundation
- Expert: North Korean Regime Study The Harvard Crimson October 31, 2006
- America's Korea Policy Needs an Overhaul Yale Global 2004
- Testimony Before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee June 5, 2003
- Promoting Religious Freedom in North Korea January 24, 2002 Testimony Before the US Commission on International Religious Freedom