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Youjin Kong

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Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy

Youjin Kong is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Georgia. Located at the nexus of Social-Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI), her research aims to analyze and challenge social injustice through philosophical frameworks. This research manifests in two key areas: 

Bias and Fairness in AI: Dr. Kong analyzes how AI can reproduce and exacerbate gender and racial injustice, and develops philosophical frameworks for improving justice in socio-technical systems. Her work in this area examines the dominant interpretations of fairness and intersectionality in the AI fairness literature (ACM FAccT 2022), and proposes a paradigm shift towards a more robust notion of AI fairness, which she calls "strong" fairness (APA Blog 2022).

Social Identity and Power: Dr. Kong examines the nature and meaning of social identity (such as race, ethnicity, and gender), particularly how it is shaped by and shapes societal power dynamics. Her article in ERGO (2023) addresses the relationship between social identity and power by engaging in a case study of Asian American experiences during COVID-19. 

Currently, She is working on building a non-idealizing, decolonial ontology of social identity that could serve as a bridge between AI fairness research and women of color feminism. She has won a Best Paper Prize from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

To learn more about Dr. Kong’s work, please visit her website:

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