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Rebecca Ginsburg

Educational Background

  • 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

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

Activities & Honors

  • Abbott Lowell Cummings Prize, Vernacular Architecture Forum, 2012
  • Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement, Office of the Chancellor, 2009
  • John Lee Johnson Excellence in Community Engagement and Activiism, African American Studies & Research Program, 2009
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service, College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2008-2009

Research Statement

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.


  • Principal Investigator, Model Prison Humanities Computer Project, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2012-2014

Select Publications

  • Ginsburg, R. (2012). “‘Knowing that We Are Making a Difference’: A Case for Critical Prison Programming” in The Beautiful Prison, special edition of Studies in Law, Politics, and Society (forthcoming 2012). .
  • 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.

In The News

Advocates nationwide attend Education Justice Project's Symposium on Higher Education in Prison

Nov. 7, 2014

The Education Justice Project (EJP) in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership offers educational programs at the Danville Correctional Center and is known for facilitating national dialogue on issues of higher education in prison. This year’s Symposium on Higher Education in Prison extended that discourse. Read more...

Benefits of College's Education Justice Project extend beyond prison bars

May 9, 2014

Orlando Mayorga is a Teaching Partner within the award-winning Language Partners program of the College’s Education Justice Project (EJP). Through training and coursework from University of Illinois faculty members and graduate students, Mayorga provides language instruction to men from the general population of the Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security prison. Read more...

EJP's Language Partners shares highly competitive social justice leadership prize with organizations from Palestine and New York

May 15, 2013

The Education Justice Project’s Language Partners program has been honored with the inaugural Arcus Prize for Collaborative Social Justice Leadership. To win the award, Language Partners competed with 188 other organizations from 23 countries. The competition was so rigorous that the judges decided to give the $30,000 prize (originally set at $25,000) to three organizations. Read more...