Dolly Daftary

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Dolly Daftary
Assistant Professor
(269) 387-8239
4410 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5354
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School of Social Work
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5354 USA
  • Ph.D., Washington University
  • Graduate Certificate, New Institutional Social Sciences, Washington University
  • M.S.W., Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India
  • B.A. (Honors), Economics, Delhi University

Dolly Daftary focuses on the political economy of development and the impact of social and economic change processes on resource-poor communities, with particular emphasis on the developing world. She investigates how institutions at the global, national and local levels shape human well-being in communities in a period of globalization. She conducts ethnographic fieldwork in India, which is her home, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

Daftary's current work explores the impact of economic liberalization policies on semi-arid communities inhabited by the greatest proportion of the world’s poor, specifically market-driven development strategies spawned by liberalization, and democratic decentralization enacted closely on the heels of liberalization. She is studying how market-led approaches like microcredit and cash-crop production interact with social norms in communities to shape household well-being. She is also exploring the role of democratic politics in shaping market-led development. Her work is coalesced around issues of livelihoods, poverty, inequality, social inclusion, human capabilities and sustainable development. While South Asia is her regional focus, her interests include Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and the United States. Her scholarship appears or is forthcoming in "International Social Work", "Journal of Development Studies," "Journal of International Development", “Community Development Journal” and "Development and Change", among others. Daftary teaches courses in social welfare policy and research methods.