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Ashley Daftary, Ph.D., MSW

Associate Professor


Ashley Daftary, Ph.D. is experienced in home-based, out-patient, 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 policy-making. 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 in oppression in both in-person and online classroom settings.

Theoretical, academic and research interests

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

Courses taught at the University of Nevada, Reno

  • 630: Social Work History and Social Work Welfare Policy
  • 310/610: Structural Oppression
  • 351: Global Social Work
  • 451/651: Introduction to School Social Work
  • 793: Integrative Capstone in Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice



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