Dr Hayley G. Toth

Hayley G. Toth is a Postdoctoral Research Assistant at the University of Oxford, where she works on Dr Merve Emre's project Post-Discipline: Literature, Professionalism, and the Crisis of the Humanities. She specialises in reading, literary sociology, digital humanities, and Postcolonial and World Literatures. 

Hayley gained her PhD in English Literature at the University of Leeds in March 2020. She undertook a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Leeds Arts & Humanities Research Institute in 2021, before joining the University of Oxford in September 2021. She has published articles and review essays in Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial StudiesModern Language ReviewComparative Critical StudiesAfrican Identities, and the Journal of Political Ideologies

With Merve Emre, she recently created the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database. Available online in perpetuity and free to access, the Post-Discipline Online Syllabus Database collates information about Business, Law, and Medicine courses in the United States that use literary reading to teach professional skills. As of January 2023, the database has had almost 21,000 views.

Hayley is currently working on her first monograph Reading Postcolonial Literature: From Professional to Non-Professional Practices (contracted to Liverpool University Press).



At the University of Leeds, Hayley taught undergraduate modules on a range of topics, including Postcolonial Literature, Poetry, and Victorian Literature. She has held Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy since June 2019. In 2020, she was nominated for a Leeds Partnership Award in recognition of her contribution to teaching in the School of English at the University of Leeds.

Hayley is not currently undertaking any teaching in the Faculty.