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C. Sibblis

Camisha Sibblis

Camisha Sibblis
Assistant Professor

Office, 208, 167 Ferry Street
Windsor, Ontario N9A 0C5

Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 6762


Camisha’s research is part of a broader effort across various disciplines (e.g. history, humanities, equity studies, philosophy, psychology, and education) to study identity, oppression and anti-oppressive alternatives. Her work engages with the studies of space, social exclusion, and the physics of Blackness which examines de-colonized constructions of time. It explores how excluded Black youth are constructed in the education system and how the intersection of the forms of social identity influence their experiences, outlook, trajectory, and mental health. Furthermore, her work traces the manner in which different spaces throughout history have constructed the Black body as abject and have functioned as regulating sites of violence - thereby contributing to anti-Black racism as a theoretical framework.

Camisha has extensive experience working with youth deemed ‘at risk’ as a school social worker, child protection worker, and as a clinician assessing the affect of anti-Black racism on the lives and mental health of convicts for courts to consider upon sentencing. She has been a mental health practitioner in private practice, as well as a clinical agent for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. Among her community work, she teaches for the Tabono Liberation Learning Academy - fostering activism among young adults; she has been a long-standing member of the Council for Adolescent Suicide Prevention in Peel, as well as a suicide intervention and ARAO trainer. She was also a contributor named on the Honourable Commissioner Judith C. Beaman’s Motherisk Commission report.

Scholarly Interests/Area of Expertise

  • Anti-Black Racism Theory
  • Postcolonial, Spatial, and Critical Race Theories
  • Mental Health and (Intergenerational) Trauma
  • Child Welfare and Development
  • Direct Clinical Practice/Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Activism and Transformative Practice
  • Community Development
  • (Race, Gender, Queer, Intersectional) Identity Politics
  • Sociology of Education

Educational Background

  • PhD, School of Social Work, York University
  • MSW, York University
  • BSW (Hon.), York University
  • BA, Philosophy, University of Toronto

Courses Taught

  • 02-47-515, Professional Writing for Social Work
  • SWRK 8611, Advanced Indirect Social Work Practice
  • SWRK 8680, Program Design and Evaluation

Awards & Recognition

  • 2013 - 2014 Recipient of Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award: $15,000
  • 2012 - 2013 Recipient of Ontario Graduate Scholarship Award: $15,000
  • 2000 - 2001 Recipient of Ontario Millennium Scholarship Award: $3000
  • 1999 - 2000 Recipient of Ontario Millennium Scholarship Award: $3000

Recent Publications


Chambers, L., Cranmer-Byng, S., Friedman, M., Njoroge, W., Onishenko, D., Ross, M., Sibblis, C., Smith, K., Westbrook, A. (2016). Redefining Borders between Communities and the Classroom: How Community-based Social Activists Can

Transform Social Work Education. ESJ Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning, 1(2), 77-95.

Sibblis, C. (2014). Expulsion Programs: Colonizing Spaces of Exception. Race, Gender & Class, 21(1-2), 64-81. 2013 Conference Special Issue, 2013

Book Chapters

Sibblis, C. (2014). Progressive Discipline, Regressive Education: An examination of racism in the processes and spaces of school exclusion. In G. Dei & M. McDermott (Eds.), Politics of Anti- Racism Education: In Search of Strategies for Pursuing Transformative Learning (pp. 43-58). New York: Springer.

Research/Funded Projects

2012 - 2016  Research Collaborator, SSHRC Insight Grant, “Schools, Safety and the Urban Neighbourhood”, Dr. Naomi Nichols, PI: $309,648