Carnegie Mellon University

Antony John Kunnan

November 18, 2021

Language Assessment Champion Joins Modern Languages

By Meghan Marino

Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Modern Languages is excited to welcome Antony John Kunnan as a senior research fellow in Second Language Acquisition.

Kunnan is a principal assessment scientist at Duolingo, Inc., as well as an honorary professor for the University of Hong Kong. Kunnan brings with him an extensive background in language testing and assessment, including scenario-based and integrative language skills, ethics and standards in language assessment, evaluation of assessments, and immigration and citizenship examinations.

Kunnan has held prestigious faculty and administrative positions at top universities in Asia and the U.S. and has received multiple recognitions for his excellence in research. Kunnan, who has over 90 publications, including 10 edited books and over 70 articles and book chapters in the field of language assessment, is also an editor for the journals Language Assessment Quarterly and Journal of Asia TEFL, and book series co-editor of New Perspectives in Language Assessment (Routledge).

“The SLA program and the Modern Languages department are so fortunate to have someone of Antony Kunnan’s stature as part of our community. Our students and faculty will benefit greatly from his expertise in language testing and assessment, and we look forward to many dynamic and fruitful collaborations,” said Anne Lambright, head of the Department of Modern Languages.

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