Hi! I am a Principal Assessment Scientist at Duolingo where I conduct assessment innovation research for The Duolingo English Test in Assessment Research. I am a team lead for the Validity & Outreach Team.


My career has been motivated by social impact, working on equitable and widely-accessible education technology. My research interests lie at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing (NLP), educational measurement, equity in education, learning analytics, and linguistics. I have led NLP teams that invented automated writing evaluation (AWE) systems used in large-scale assessment, and digital writing support applications. Check out my publications and patent pages about this work, and federally-funded writing analytics research.


I am a co-founder of SIG EDU, an ACL Special Interest Group on Building Educational Applications. I hold a B.A. in Linguistics and Spanish from New York University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.

On a personal note, I have been a mentor in the 101: Fund, a needs-based college scholarship fund for Princeton High School students. I currently volunteer to coordinate & distribute food at a grab-n-go food pantry in Trenton, NJ. I also volunteer for the Interfaith Refugee and Immigration Service to help resettle refugees.

Feel free to reach out: jill.burstein [at] gmail.com or jill [at] duolingo.com

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