Assistant Professor

Young Ji Kim's research is centered around team collaboration. She studies how team diversity, communication processes, and emerging technologies shape team dynamics and performance. Additionally, she is exploring the implications of neurodiversity in the workplace.


Young Ji Kim received her PhD in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on team collaboration, collective intelligence, human-machine teaming, and neurodiversity. Before joining UCSB, she worked as a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Collective Intelligence at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Professor Kim has received several top paper awards for her research from the International Communication Association, the National Communication Association, and the Academy of Management. She has also been recognized for her excellence in teaching, winning a university-wide teaching award while at USC, and for her service at UCSB. Currently, Professor Kim is exploring communication-related factors that contribute to collective intelligence, investigating how humans and machines can collaborate to enhance collective intelligence, and examining the ways in which group communication processes facilitate the benefits of group diversity. Her work on human-machine teaming has earned her a competitive award from the Department of Defense Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI) program, which will provide support for her research from 2021 to 2024.


Ph. D. (2014), University of Southern California, Communication