Stilgoe holds a joint appointment in the Harvard Faculties of Arts and Science and Design. He offers courses on the history and future of the North American built landscape.
Author of Old Fields: Photography, Glamour, and Fantasy Landscape (2014), Train Time: Railroads and the Imminent Reshaping of the United States Landscape (2007), Landscape and Images (2005), Lifeboat (2003), Outside Lies Magic (1998), Alongshore (1994) and other books, his What Is Landscape? will appear in 2015. Stilgoe is a Fellow of the Society of American Historians and winner of the Parkman Medal (1983, for his Common Landscape of America), the ASLA Williams Medal, the AIA Medal for collaborative research, the Signet Society medal and other awards. Among his research projects are a book on elites and another on suburban adaptation to rapid climate change. He restores antique boats.