Jessica E. Toft, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Jessica E. Toft, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor
Degree
BA, Grinnell College
MSW, University of Iowa
PhD, University of Minnesota
Office
306 Summit Classroom Building - UST
Phone
(651) 962-5803
Mail
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105
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I am passionate about infusing democratic tenets into a model of Citizenship Social Work. I believe this perspective of social justice leverages nation-wide beliefs about the rights and obligations of citizenship to justify fair treatment in policies and society. I also attend to the public and political narratives about disenfranchised groups as a powerful force that needs to be counteracted with awareness, research, and action. I am dedicated to helping social work become an integrated and reflective profession, wherein social workers in all settings continuously ask: What larger influences are at play and how can I help address them?


Expertise / Research Interests

  • Citizenship Social Work as a fundamental social work model
  • Emancipatory potential of Citizenship Social Work for particular disenfranchised groups 
  • Discourse analysis of public and political narratives of disenfranchised groups
  • Social work education as it relates to students' perspectives on the poor and poverty
  • Effects of Welfare Reform (TANF) on marginalized groups

Selected Publications & Presentations

Toft, J. (October, 2014). Social work’s democratic concern: Alexander’s New Jim Crow. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Tampa Bay, Florida.

Toft, J., & Bibus, A. A.  (2014). Citizen-centered administration for child welfare.  In C. S. Ramanathan & S. Dutta (Eds.), Governance, development and social work (pp. 46-77). New York:  Taylor & Francis/Routledge. 

Toft, J. & Hollister, D. Martin, M. (2013). The influence of paid work, racial-ethnicity, and immigrant status on health care coverage after Welfare Reform in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Journal of Social Work in Public Health 28(2), 67-80.

Toft, J. (2011). Citizenship as a foundation for social work practice.  Council on Social Work Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Toft, J. (2010). The political act of public talk: How legislators justified welfare reform. Social Service Review, 84 (4), 563 - 596.


See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement


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