Benton Gordon is completing a master’s degree in China and Taiwan Studies at the University of Washington. As a Cybersecurity Research Fellow, he studies Taiwan’s participation in global internet governance and the application of China’s Personal Information Protection Law in PRC courts.
Benton’s interest in Taiwan stems from his time living in Taitung and Taichung, first as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and then as an International College Mentor at Tunghai University. He has also served as a Liu Xiaobo Fellow with the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, where he researched technology-enhanced authoritarianism, religious freedom, and other human rights and rule of law developments in China. Benton continues to advocate for the just treatment of imprisoned and persecuted Christians through the Luke Alliance.
Grateful to be back in his native Seattle, Benton enjoys walking around local parks, volunteering with the youth group at Trinity Church Seattle, and grabbing a deluxe, fries, and chocolate shake at his former workplace, Dick’s Drive-In. He also holds a Bachelor of Music degree and Performer’s Certificate in flute and piccolo performance from the Eastman School of Music.