Biography

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.

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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

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Education

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

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Awards, Honors, Associations

YWCA Leadership in Education Award YWCA, 2015 - 2015

Freedom Fighter Award Champaign County NAACP, 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.

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Presentations

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.

Teaching

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.

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Courses

Business Contracts May be repeated.

Language Varieties Seminar course on topics not treated by regularly scheduled courses; requests for initiation may be made by students or faculty member. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. Approved for both letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours.

Discovery Series 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. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Intro to Critical Race Theory 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. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

Special Topics: Evaluation Foundational theories and practices of educational psychology, including learning and development. 2 or 3 undergraduate hours. 2 or 4 graduate hours. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 8 hours. Undergraduate and graduate work load will be commensurate with the requirements.

Ginsburg, Rebecca

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Contact

Office

328 Education Building
1310 S. Sixth St.
Champaign, IL 61820

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