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Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape

"Rural Independence" ©John R. Stilgoe


Most recently author of Old Fields: Photography, Glamour, and Fantasy Landscape (UVA Press, 2014), Train Time: Railroads and Imminent Landscape Change (University of Virginia Press, 2007) and Landscape and Images (University of Virginia Press, 2005), Stilgoe conducts research on subjects ranging from national critical infrastructure, steganography, catoptropmancy, catoptrics, the fantasy of origins of designed humans and humanoids, energy-independent housing, and old-field landscape. Author of Lifeboat: A History of Courage, Cravenness, and Survival at Sea (University of Virginia Press, 2003), Outside Lies Magic (Walker, 1998), Alongshore (Yale University Press, 1994), Shallow-Water Dictionary (Princeton Architectural Press, 2003), Metropolitan Corridor: Railroads and the American Scene (Yale University Press, 1983), and other books, he is currently completing a monograph on photography, glamour, and extreme landscape. He is a winner of the Francis Parkman, George Hilton, and Bradford Williams medals, the AIA award for collaborative research, and the Charles C. Eldredge Prize for art-history research. He is a fellow of the Society of American Historians, has taught in VES since 1977, and carries a Rolleiflex fitted for both 120 and 35 mm film.

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