Biography

Rebecca Ginsburg is director of the Education Justice Project, a comprehensive college-in-prison program that provides academic programs to incarcerated individuals and outreach services to the families of incarcerated people and returning citizens. EJP programs operate in Danville, Champaign, and Chicago, IL.

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Key Professional Appointments

Associate Professor EPOL, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 - present

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

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

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

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Education

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

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Awards, Honors, Associations

Freedom Fighter Award Champaign County NAACP, 2015 - 2015

YWCA Leadership in Education Award YWCA, 2015 - 2015

J. Frederick Miller Award University YMCA, 2013 - 2013

Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2012 - 2012

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

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

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

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In Our News

EJP graduation ceremony demonstrates how UI’s prison program paying off (5/25/2016)

Professor says unlocking opportunities for inmates through postsecondary engagement is crucial (5/23/2016)

Education Justice Project director to discuss prison reform at White House (4/28/2016)

Education Justice Project assisting those in and out of prison, but challenges remain (1/26/2016)

Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates? (6/10/2015)

Work of EPOL professor on behalf of society's marginalized recognized by YWCA (4/20/2015)

Advocates nationwide attend Education Justice Project's Symposium on Higher Education in Prison (11/7/2014)

Benefits of College's Education Justice Project extend beyond prison bars (5/9/2014)

EJP's Language Partners shares highly competitive social justice leadership prize with organizations from Palestine and New York (5/15/2013)

EPOL Professor Rebecca Ginsburg honored for making a difference on campus, in community (4/15/2013)

Education Justice Project volunteers bring upper-level college courses to Danville Correctional Center students (3/21/2013)

Inmates in Education Justice Project organize art exhibition on display at YMCA (8/28/2012)

Professor and EJP director Rebecca Ginsburg wins Cummings book prize (7/18/2012)

EJP director Rebecca Ginsburg weighs in on Indiana decision to close college degree program (7/5/2012)

Education Justice Project honors students' work at Convocation (6/19/2012)

Education Justice Project awarded $20,000 humanities grant (4/16/2012)

New EPOL professor Rebecca Ginsburg honored by McKinley Foundation for work with Education Justice Project (3/8/2012)

Research & Service

Books include three volumes of architectural history--on the radicalized landscapes of apartheid, slave plantations in the Americas, and the landscapes of urban slavery. Her current book project is an edited volume on critical approaches to college-in-prison.

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Publications

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

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

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

Ginsburg, R. (2010) Escaping through a black landscape. 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 26 (1), 36-44

Teaching

Rebecca Ginsburg teaches "Education and Social Justice" each fall in the College of Education. Trained as an architectural historian, she also teaches courses in that field. "History of the Prison" is offered each spring and "Carceral Landscapes," a graduate seminar, on occasion through the Department of Landscape Architecture.

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Courses

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.: 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.

Seminar in Education Studies 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

Contact

Office

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

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