Dr Ruth Daly



  • PhD Cultural Studies, University of Leeds
  • MA Modern Literary Studies, Queen’s University Belfast
  • BA (hons.) English Literature, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Fellow, HEA



  • Programme Leader, MA Culture, Creativity and Entrepreneurship

Research interests

Working closely with decolonial feminisms, feminist interventions in psychoanalytic theory, and aesthetic practice, my research examines ethical practices of reading in the humanities. More broadly, my research interests include feminist literary criticism and theory; visual culture; critical and cultural theory.

[In press] Caspari, Maya and Ruth Daly. 2024. Reading Otherwise: Decolonial Feminisms. parallax. 103. 29.1. DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2023.2271730

[In press] Daly, Ruth. 2024. De-disciplining Criticism: refiguring reading as a mode of response-ability in Progressive Intertextual Practice in Modern and Contemporary Literature. eds. Katherine Ebury and Christin Mulligan. New York: Routledge.

Research activities:

  • In January 2024, I received IGNITE funding for my project CoRe | Collective Reading, a collaboration with NHS charity Arts and Minds Network Leeds. This collaboration aims to create inclusive, community-based shared reading groups, exploring how literature nurtures human connection and enhances mental wellbeing. The project seeks to build a longstanding connection between Arts and Minds Network Leeds and the University of Leeds with a view to collaborating on future projects. 
  • In December 2023, I participated in a Global Executive Leadership Programme in Arts and Cultural Industries, delivering workshops to partners in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong. Theme: Cultural and Creative Industries Policy.
  • In 2023, I co-delivered the following workshop: “Embedding ‘digital’ to support organisational sustainability” Arts Marketing Association Symposium, British Museum. 
  • Contributing Researcher: “The Question of Digital: Building the Digital Capabilities of the Heritage Sector.” Funder: National Lottery Heritage Fund.
  • Founded the Feminist Encounters Reading Group, in the School of Performance & Cultural Industries.
  • Dr Ruth Daly in conversation with Professor John Mowitt, Offering Theory: Reading in Sociography
  • Australian Feminist Studies Mentoring Programme Participant 2019
  • I was an associate editor with international cultural studies and critical theory journal, parallax from 2018-2021
  • Co-Leader of Harehills Bibliotherapy Reading Group. Project: “Bibliotherapy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers.” Funder: Leverhulme.
  • Co-organiser of ‘A Feminist Space at Leeds: Looking Back to Think Forward’, School of Fine Art, History of Art & Cultural Studies, University of Leeds, December 2017
  • Co-organisation of international conference, ‘Life Narratives: Self-Representation in an Age of Human Rights’, Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre (JHGC), June 2017
  • Branch Representative for Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network
  • Co-Founder of Postcolonial & World Literatures and Cultures Reading Group, University of Leeds, 2016
  • Member of the 2015 and 2016 Undergraduate Awards Judging Panel in Literature
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  • PhD Cultural Studies
  • MA Modern Literary Studies
  • BA hons. English Literature

Professional memberships

  • Institute for Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • SibĂ©al Feminist and Gender Studies Network
  • FHEA