Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership
328 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820
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.
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
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
Awards, Honors, Associations
John Philip Immroth Memorial Award, American Library Association, 2020 - 2020
Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award, iSchool of the University of Illinois, 2020 - 2020
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
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.
Ginsburg, R. (2019). Critical Perspectives on Teaching in Prison: Students and Instructors on Pedagogy Behind the Wall. ( pp. 199). New York City, NY, USA: Routledge.
Ginsburg, R. (2019). Introduction - Critical Perspective on Teaching in Prison. Critical Perspectives on Teaching in Prison: Students and Instructors on Pedagogy Behind the Wall ( pp. 16). New York City, NY, USA: Routledge.
Ginsburg, R. (2017). Reflections on a Locked Door: Lessons from History and the Failed Promise of Penal Incarceration. Smart Decarceration: Achieving Criminal Justice Transformation in the 21st Century ( pp. 14). New York City, NY, USA: Oxford University Press.
Ellis, C., & Ginsburg, R. (2017). Introduction - Slavery in the City. Slavery in the City: Architecture and Landscapes of Urban Slavery in North America ( pp. 17). Charlottesville, VA, USA: University of Virginia Press.
Foster, J., & Ginsburg, R. (2011). Washed with Sun: Landscape and the Making of White South Africa. ( 2 ed vol. 16, pp. 112-4). Buildings and Landscapes.
Ginsburg, R. (2011). At home with apartheid: The hidden landscapes of domestic service in Johannesburg Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press.
Elllis, C., & Ginsburg, R. (2010). Cabin, quarter, plantation: Architecture and landscapes of North American slavery New Haven: Yale University Press.
Ginsburg, R. (2010). Escaping through a black landscape. Cabin, quarter, plantation: Architecture and landscapes of North American slavery ( pp. 51-66). New Haven: Yale University Press.
Ginsburg, R. (2009). Review of Mrs. Woolf and the servants: The hidden heat of domestic service. ( 3 ed vol. 21, pp. 131-4). 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. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
Ginsburg, R. (2007). The fugitive slave landscape. Landscape Journal, 26 (1), 36-44.
High Tech, Low Accountability: How Do We Fight Back Against Prison Tablets and Prison Censorship? (2019). Alliance for Higher Education in Prison: St. Louis, MO.
The View from Illinois: Ten Years of the Education Justice Project (2019). Pennsyvlania State University: State College, PA.
Prison Education and Civil Rights (2019). Monmouth College: Monmouth, IL.
[no title] (2020). University of Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs: Champaign, IL.
[no title] (2019). American Constitution Society: Chicago.
[no title] (2019). Mellon Foundation: New York, NY.
Education Justice Project (2019). Principia College: Principia College.
Research and Evaluation of the Education Justice Project (2019). Pennsylvania State University: State College, PA.
Incarceration in the United States (2019). Central Islamic Mosque and Islamic Center: Urbana, IL.
Why Prison Education is (Usually) Social Justice Work (2019). Augustana College: Rock Island, IL.
Humanity in Captivity: The Ethics of Carceral Representation" (2018). Imagining America: Chicago, IL.
Speaking Up Against Prison Censorship (2018). University YMCA: Champaign, IL.
Higher Education in Prison: Human Right and Social Good (2018). Webster University: St. Louis, MO.
Building and Supporting an Inclusive College-in-Prison Program (2018). Cornell Prison Education Program: Greenwich, CT.
Why We Need to Talk about Reentry (2018).: Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.
Reentry, Rather than Reentry (2017). Meeeting of the Minds: Cleveland, OH.
Prison Education and Other Solutions (2017). Wesley Methodist Church: Urbana, IL.
Education Justice Project (2017). University of Iowa: Oakdale, Iowa.
Reaching Inside Prisons with Purpose and Love (2017). International Prisoners Family Conference: Dallas, TX.
Higher Education in Prison: Future (2015). University of Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh.
College in Prison? (2015). STAND (Students Taking Ation Now:Darfur), Stetson University: Stetson University, DeLand, Florida.
Education+Justice: How and Why Prisons and Universities Can Partner for a Better World (2015). Brockport University, NY: Brockport, NY.
Why Universities Belong in Prison (2015). Washington University in St. Louis: St. Louis.
College in Prison: A Necessity in Moving "Toward Justice" (2015). American Educational Research Association: Chicago, IL.
The American Carceral Landscape (2012).: Madison, WI.
The University of Illinois’ Education Justice Project (2012).: Effingham, IL.
“Creating and Sustaining a Prison Education Program,” (2012).: St. Louis.
Education Justice Project’s Evaluation Program (2011). University of Washington: Seattle, WA.
The Education Justice Project’s Chicago Youth Violence Initiative (2011).: Las Vegas, NV.
Prison Education and the Reasonable Person Model: Peer Instructors Bringing out their Best (2011).: Chicago.
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.
Exploratory Writing (CI 395) Permits study of problems not considered in other courses; for students who excel in self-direction and intellectual curiosity. Restricted to nondegree students participating in the Education Justice Project for the current term. Instructor permission required.
Social Foundations of Educ (EPOL 390) Advanced undergraduate seminar that includes historical, philosophical, legal, and social science perspectives on education. This section is reserved for students in the EJP.
Applied Study CRT (EPOL 395) Designed for students who wish to do advanced readings and research in greater depth and to investigate further ideas and themes that have been explored in EPOL 199 and EPOL 201. Restricted to nondegree students participating in the Education Justice Project for the current term. Instructor permission required.
History of the Prison (EPOL 490) Offers opportunity for an individual to study, on or off campus, selected problems, trends, and new developments in education or to conduct specialized investigations for the improvement of instructional programs. Synchronous class attendance advised. Delivered on Zoom. History of prison architecture, landscapes, and carceral regimes from ancient times until the present. Topics include: philosophy of punishment, the invention of the modern prison, the advent of mass incarceration, and 21st century geographies of incarceration. The course focuses on the western experience, but also includes international examples, e.g. from China, East Africa, and Japan. Interdisciplinary approach includes readings in architectural history, urban planning, sociology, philosophy, psychology, history, and landscape studies. Same as LA 221, AFRO 221, and HIS 219.
John Dewey American Pragmatism (EPS 390) 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. 8 week course meets: 8/27-10/22 (10/15 – no class, study hall) Restricted to students participating in the Education Justice Project for the current term.