Thom Hudson is Professor in the Department of Second Language Studies at the University of Hawai'i. He received his MA degree in TESOL and Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of California at Los Angeles. He has taught in Hawaii, Cairo, Egypt, the U.S., Guadalajara, Mexico, and Japan.

His research has concentrated on second language testing, second language reading, English for specific purposes, and language program development. He has had a long term interest in criterion-referenced testing, and is interested in computer and web-based assessment. His research has appeared in the journals Language Learning, Studies in Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Quarterly, Language Testing, Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, and Language and Communication.

He has authored or co-authored texts on measuring cross-cultural pragmatics, second language performance assessment, criterion-referenced language testing, and issues in language test development. Currently he is co-editor of the on-line journal Reading in a Foreign Language.