Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5354 USA
Dolly Daftary focuses on the political economy of development and the politics of institutional change. She investigates how institutions at the global, national and local levels interact to shape human well-being in marginalized communities in an age of globalization and a period of late capitalism. She conducts ethnographic fieldwork in India, which is her home, using a range of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Daftary's current work explores several themes. These include the impact of neoliberal reforms on development policies in the global South, the developmentalist state’s transformation in the postcolonial world, the effects of market-driven development strategies on vulnerable communities, and the interaction of policy with norms to shape the local effects of microfinance. She is exploring these issues in semi-arid communities inhabited by the greatest proportion of the world’s poor. Her work is coalesced around issues of community development, social policy, sustainable development, livelihoods, capabilities, natural resources, commodities, local governance and participatory democracy. 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" and the highly selective "Journal of Development Studies," "Journal of International Development" and "Development and Change," among others. Daftary teaches courses in social welfare policy and research methods.