Kunze joined the Wernerian Natural History Society in Edinburgh in 1817. He later became Zoology Professor at Leipzig University and in 1837 was appointed director of the Botanical Gardens in Leipzig. In 1851 he was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.
- Beiträge zur Monographie der Rohrkäfer. Neue Schrift. Naturf. Ges. Halle, 2 (4): 1-56. (1818).
- Zeugophora (Jochträger) eine neue Käfergattung. Neue Schrift. Naturf. Ges. Halle, 2 (4):. 71-76.(1818).
His collection is in Naturkundemuseum Leipzig.