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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, 2012-2012
  • 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

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.

Grants

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

Publications

  • Ginsburg, Rebecca (2011). At home with apartheid: The hidden landscapes of domestic service in Johannesburg. University of Virginia Press: Charlottesville, VA.
  • Foster, Jeremy, Ginsburg, Rebecca (2011). Washed with Sun: Landscape and the Making of White South Africa. Buildings and Landscapes.
  • Elllis, C., Ginsburg, Rebecca (2010). Cabin, quarter, plantation: Architecture and landscapes of North American slavery. Yale University Press: New Haven.
  • Ginsburg, Rebecca (2010). Escaping through a black landscape. Cabin, quarter, plantation: Architecture and landscapes of North American slavery. Yale University Press: New Haven.
  • Ginsburg, Rebecca (2009). Review of Mrs. Woolf and the servants: The hidden heat of domestic service. The Journal of Women's History.
  • Ginsburg, Rebecca (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, Rebecca (2007). The fugitive slave landscape. Landscape Journal, 26(1), 36-44.

In The News

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...

EPOL Professor Rebecca Ginsburg honored for making a difference on campus, in community

Apr. 15, 2013

Rebecca Ginsburg, associate professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and in Landscape Architecture, has been selected by the University YMCA to receive this year's J. Frederick Miller Award. Read more...

Education Justice Project volunteers bring upper-level college courses to Danville Correctional Center students

Mar. 21, 2013

The Education Justice Project (EJP) offers education programs to incarcerated students at the Danville Correctional Center. The EJP is directed by Rebecca Ginsburg, associate professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership and in Landscape Architecture. The project involves about 60 U of I grad students and faculty members in various roles, including instructors, tutors, and program evaluators. Illinois Alumni magazine featured an article about EJP recently, written by freelance writer Dave Evensen. Read more...