Youjin Kong

Welcome! I am a Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Oregon State University. I received my PhD in Philosophy from Michigan State University (2019) and my MA and BA in Philosophy from Seoul National University, South Korea.

Here is my CV.

Research

My research focuses on creating philosophical frameworks that contribute to a more just society. Located at the nexus of multiple disciplines, including Social/Political Philosophy, Women’s and Gender Studies, Ethics of Technology, and Normative Ethics, my research program has two main goals: to critically analyze often-overlooked ways in which contemporary theories of (in)justice marginalize women and/or people of color, and to develop conceptual models for rectifying this exclusion and promoting a more inclusive and just theorizing.

My dissertation, for example, provides an original framework for conceptualizing “women” that helps to conduct feminist research in a more intersectional manner. In line with this research, I have published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Social Philosophy Today and The Pluralist, and keep an active conference presentation schedule. I won a Best Paper Prize from the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy.

Teaching

I have taught a variety of philosophy and interdisciplinary humanities courses and received a Teaching Excellence Award in 2019. Recently, I have designed and launched new courses on ethical and social issues in artificial intelligence. As an underrepresented minority in anglophone philosophy (Asian woman), I am committed to creating more diverse and inclusive learning environments.