Dr Shahela Hamid

Dr Shahela Hamid holds degrees from the Universities of Dhaka, Reading and York, including a PhD on language maintenance and shift among a Sylheti community in the UK.  She is a native speaker of Bangla and Urdu and has high level proficiency in Sylheti and other Bangla dialects.

Case Experience

Dr Hamid has worked as a consultant forensic linguist with J P French Associates since 2010, undertaking transcription of recordings in Bengali and Sylheti and assisting with speaker comparison cases.


1989 – BA, University of Dhaka
1990-1992 – MA English Language (ELT & Linguistics), University of Dhaka
1997-1998 – MA Applied Linguistics, University of Reading
2007 – PhD Linguistics, University of York

Positions and Memberships

Interviewer, School of geography, University of Leeds
Research Fellow, School of Education, University of Birmingham
Assistant Professor of Linguistics, University of Dhaka

Dr Hamid has also worked in a number of roles teaching English and Linguistics in the UK and abroad.

Curriculum Vitae

CV – Dr Hamid