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

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

John Lee Johnson Excellence in Community Engagement and Activiism African American Studies & Research Program, 2009 - 2009

Campus Award for Excellence in Public Engagement Office of the Chancellor, 2009 - 2009

Faculty Award for Excellence in Service College of Fine and Applied Arts, 2008 - 2009

In Our News

Education Justice Project receives $1 million grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (10/17/2017)

EJP receives 2017 Community Impact Award (9/18/2017)

EJP graduation ceremony demonstrates how UI’s prison program paying off (5/25/2016)

Professor says unlocking opportunities for inmates through postsecondary engagement is crucial (5/23/2016)

Education Justice Project director to discuss prison reform at White House (4/28/2016)

Education Justice Project assisting those in and out of prison, but challenges remain (1/26/2016)

Should Pell Grants be used to fund college courses for prison inmates? (6/10/2015)

Work of EPOL professor on behalf of society's marginalized recognized by YWCA (4/20/2015)

Advocates nationwide attend Education Justice Project's Symposium on Higher Education in Prison (11/7/2014)

Benefits of College's Education Justice Project extend beyond prison bars (5/9/2014)

EJP's Language Partners shares highly competitive social justice leadership prize with organizations from Palestine and New York (5/15/2013)

EPOL Professor Rebecca Ginsburg honored for making a difference on campus, in community (4/15/2013)

Education Justice Project volunteers bring upper-level college courses to Danville Correctional Center students (3/21/2013)

Inmates in Education Justice Project organize art exhibition on display at YMCA (8/28/2012)

Professor and EJP director Rebecca Ginsburg wins Cummings book prize (7/18/2012)

EJP director Rebecca Ginsburg weighs in on Indiana decision to close college degree program (7/5/2012)

Education Justice Project honors students' work at Convocation (6/19/2012)

Education Justice Project awarded $20,000 humanities grant (4/16/2012)

New EPOL professor Rebecca Ginsburg honored by McKinley Foundation for work with Education Justice Project (3/8/2012)

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.


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


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.


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.

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.

Rebecca Ginsburg

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership



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

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