Key Professional Appointments

Associate ProfessorEPOL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - present

Associate ProfessorLandscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2011 - present

DirectorEducation Justice Project, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - present

Assistant ProfessorLandscape Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004 - 2011


Ph.D., Architectural History, University of California at Berkeley, 2001

J.D., Law, University of Michigan Law School, 1987

B.A., English, Loyola Marymount University, 1984

Awards, Honors, Associations

Abbott Lowell Cummings PrizeVernacular Architecture Forum, 2012 - 2012

John Lee Johnson Excellence in Community Engagement and ActiviismAfrican American Studies & Research Program, 2009 - 2009

Campus Award for Excellence in Public EngagementOffice of the Chancellor, 2009 - 2009

Faculty Award for Excellence in ServiceCollege of Fine and Applied Arts, 2008 - 2009

Research & Service

Rebecca Ginsburg directs the Education Justice Project, which provides educational programs to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, a men's state prison about thirty-five miles from campus. Within the College of Education she teaches a course on Education and Social Justice. Her current research interests include prison education, historical carceral landscapes, and the Atlantic slave trade.


Ginsburg, R. (2011) At home with apartheid: The hidden landscapes of domestic service in Johannesburg.. University of Virginia Press: Charlottesville, VA

Foster, J., & Ginsburg, R. (2011) Washed with Sun: Landscape and the Making of White South Africa Buildings and Landscapes

Ginsburg, R. (2010) Escaping through a black landscape. Cabin, quarter, plantation: Architecture and landscapes of North American slavery Yale University Press: New Haven

Elllis, C., & Ginsburg, R. (2010) Cabin, quarter, plantation: Architecture and landscapes of North American slavery.. Yale University Press: New Haven

Ginsburg, R. (2009) Review of Mrs. Woolf and the servants: The hidden heat of domestic service The Journal of Women's History

Ginsburg, R. (2008) The view from the back step: Black and white children learn about race in Johannesburg's suburban homes. In M. Gutman and N. de Coninck-Smith (Eds.), Designing Modern Childhoods: History, space, and t Rutgers University Press: New Brunswick, NJ

Ginsburg, R. (2007) The fugitive slave landscape Landscape Journal


Principal InvestigatorModel Prison Humanities Computer Project, National Endowment for the Humanities, 5/1/2012 12:00:00 AM - 4/30/2014 12:00:00 AM


Professor Ginsburg teaches Education and Social Justice each fall. In addition, she teaches an architectural history course on the history of the prison in the spring.


Education and Social Justice This class will introduce students to key definitions, theories, and practices of justice in education. Using a combination of philosophical and political theory-based analyses of the features of justice: fairness, equity, representation, responsibility, and difference, among others, readings invite students to consider how education and schooling can help to nurture democratic ties and equity.

Undergraduate Advanced Seminar Advanced undergraduate seminar that builds upon introductory work in EPS 410 and includes historical, philosophical, legal, and social science perspectives on education. Requests for activation of this course may come from students or faculty. Course Information: Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Rebecca Ginsburg

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



328 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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