Ashley Daftary, Ph.D.

Ashley Daftary, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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Ashley Daftary, Ph.D., is experienced in home-based, outpatient, in-patient, school-based and international social work practice settings. Her research focuses on structural inequities and anti-oppressive practices across systems, including immigration, education, and policymaking. Her teaching interests remain consistent with her research and practice experience. She strives to create an inclusive learning environment as she addresses issues of power, privilege and oppression in both in-person and online classroom settings.


Theoretical, academic and research interests

  • Culturally responsive social work practice
  • Structural inequities across systems
  • Impact of racism and discrimination on well-being
  • Critical Race Theory (CRT)
  • School social work



  • Daftary, A.H. (accepted). Living with uncertainty: Perceptions of well-being among Latinx young adults in immigrant family systems. Family Relations.
  • Daftary, A.H. (2018). Critical Race Theory: An effective framework for social work research. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Diversity in Social Work. doi:10.1080/15313204.2018.1534223
  • Daftary, A.H. (2018). Intersectionality and the disparate experiences of Latinos based on the immigrant status of family members. Social Work Research, 42 (3), 187-198.
  • Daftary, A.H. (2018) Confronting Immigration Myths with the Reality: A Necessary Perspective for Culturally Grounded Social Work Practice. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 88 (2), 96-114.10.1080/00377317.2018.1437995
  • Daftary, A.H. (2018) Allies rising: Stepping forward in a time of white nationalism. Reflections: Narratives of professional helping 23(2), 60-69.
  • [Daftary] Hanna, A.V. (2017). Tempered dreams: The experience of Mexican immigrants living in Colorado. Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 32 (3), 359-373
  • [Daftary] Hanna, A.V. & Ortega, D.M. (2016). Salir adelante (perseverance): Lessons from the Mexican immigrant experience. Journal of Social Work, 16 (1) 47-65, doi: 10.1177/1468017314560301.
  • Ortega, D.M., [Daftary] Hanna, A.V., & Haffejee, B. (2014). Voices from within the shadows: Interviews with immigration detainees and their families. In L. Mwanri & J. Waldenmaier (Eds.), Complex migration of global citizens (pp. 137- 146). Oxford, UK: Inter-Disciplinary Press


  • Ph.D. in Social Work, University of Denver, 2016
  • MSW, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2004
  • BSW, University of Missouri – Columbia, 2002
Contact Info

Phone: (775) 682-8712