Samantha Wehbi

Associate Professor
Faculty of Community Services (FCS) Learning and Teaching Chair
School of Social Work | Ryerson University

RCSIA_Samantha_WehbiSamantha is interested in international social work and activism; her work has included community practice on queer issues, disability rights and feminist organizing. She has worked as a social development consultant, as a program manager, as a director of services as well as other positions within community organizations. She has just completed work on a project exploring the war-time experiences of disability rights activists in Lebanon, her country of origin. Her current artistic practice explores issues of translocality through the use of documentary media (photography, video).


Research Projects


Bridging the Theory/Practice Divide: Experiential Learning for a Critical, People-Centred Economy 
Principal Investigator: Janice Waddell (Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University)
Co-Investigators: Pamela Robinson & Samantha Wehbi



Children and Youth Human Rights Empowerment Project
Program Director: Henry Parada
Co-Investigators: Purnima George, Ken Moffatt, Susan Silver, Margareth  Zanchetta, Samatha Wehbi, Adrian Guta (Carelton University), B.Lee (McMaster), Mirna Carranza (McMaster University), Irma Molina (Research Assistant)
Funder: Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Partners for Development Grant
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Selected Publications

  • Wehbi, S. (2015). Arts-informed teaching practice: Examples from a graduate anti-oppression classroom.  Social Work Education, 34(1), 46-59.
  • Khoury, J. & Wehbi, S. (2014).  Leaving a violent domestic relationship: The experiences of women in Lebanon.  International Social Work. 25 pages. Published online first.
  • Wehbi, S., Parada, H., George, P. & Lessa, I.  (2014).  Going home: Social work across and about borders.  International Social Work.  17 pages. Published online first.
  • Wehbi, S. & Taylor, D.  (2013). Photographs speak louder than words: The language of international development images.  Community Development Journal, 48(4), 525-539.
  • Wehbi, S.  (2013). Challenging international social work placements: Critical questions, critical knowledge. In M. Gray, J. Coates, M. Yellow Bird & T. Hetherington (Eds.), Decolonizing Social Work. Surrey: Ashgate.
  • Wehbi, S.  (2012). Crossing boundaries: Foreign funding and disability rights activism in a context of war.  In M. Moore (Ed), Moving beyond boundaries in disability studies: Rights, spaces and innovations.  London: Routledge.