Assistant Professor

Young Ji Kim's research is centered around team collaboration. Her primary focus is on investigating the impact of various factors such as team composition, communication processes, and emerging technologies on team performance and productivity.


Young Ji Kim received her PhD in communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on group collaboration, collective intelligence, and the social and organizational implications of technology. 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