Professor Paul Foulkes

Professor Paul Foulkes works on forensic voice comparison, speaker profiling and transcription cases on a part-time basis in addition to being a Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York.  Prof Foulkes co-designed and delivers the MSc in Forensic Speech Science at York, the only course of its kind.  He has a distinguished academic career having held positions at the University of Cambridge, the University of Newcastle and the University of Leeds. He has published widely in the areas of socio-linguistics and forensic phonetics.

Case Experience

Since 1999, Prof Foulkes has acted in a total of approximately 250 cases for both prosecution and defence.  These have involved speaker comparison, disputed content analysis and evaluation of earwitness evidence.  He continues to act as an external consultant to J P French Associates.  He has appeared as an expert witness in the UK Crown Court and the High Court in New Zealand.


1986-89 – BA Modern Languages, University of Cambridge
1989-90 – MPhil Linguistics, University of Cambridge
1990-93 – PhD Linguistics, University of Cambridge

Positions and memberships

1993-94 – Lecturer, University of Cambridge
1994-96 – Research Associate, University of Newcastle
1997-2000 – Lecturer, University of Leeds
2000-present – Lecturer/Reader/Professor, University of York

1998-present – Member of British Association of Academic Phoneticians
2001-present – Member of the International Association for Forensic Phonetics and Acoustics (Research Committee member, 2003-2007)
2002-2008 – Co-editor at the International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law

Publications and presentations

Prof Foulkes is the author of over 30 academic articles in phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, forensic phonetics and child language acquisition.  He also presents regularly at conferences and has given many talks as an invited speaker.  Some of these are listed on his academic webpage and are outlined in his CV.


In 2005 Prof Foulkes delivered in-house training seminars and practical instruction in analytic techniques to scientific and technical staff of the FBI and United States Secret Service in Washington DC.

Curriculum Vitae

CV – Prof Paul Foulkes