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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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.