Dr. Rebecca Ginsburg is a faculty member at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the current director and co-founder of the Education Justice Project (EJP), the campus’ prison education program, housed in the College of Education. EJP offers for-credit courses and a range of extracurricular activities to men incarcerated at Danville Correctional Center, a medium-security state prison. It engages almost one hundred faculty, graduate students, and staff from across campus in delivering these programs. EJP members and incarcerated EJP students also produce scholarship and creative work around higher education in prison.
Dr. Ginsburg received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, her JD from the University of Michigan Law School, and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of California at Berkeley. It was while she was a graduate student at Berkeley that she first became involved in prison education.
At the University of Illinois, she is on the faculty of the Department of Educational Policy, Organization and Leadership and the Department of Landscape Architecture. She teaches courses on the history of prisons, and education and social justice. She is currently working on an edited book project about higher education in prison.