Stephen Duguid received his BA in History from the University of Illinois in 1966 and completed his MA (1970) and PhD (1977) in Middle Eastern history at Simon Fraser University.
He taught for seven years (1973-1980) in the University of Victoria's Correctional Education Program, offering courses in European history to students at several federal prisons in British Columbia. For much of that time he was the Coordinator of the University's program at Matsqui Medium Security Institution.
From 1980 to 1991, Duguid was the Director of Humanities Programs in the Office of Continuing Studies at Simon Fraser University and in 1991 was appointed Associate Professor in Humanities and Graduate Liberal Studies.
From 1984 to 1993, Duguid was the Director of Simon Fraser University's Prison Education Program which offered degree completion courses in four federal prisons in B.C. He was, as well, one of the founding members of the both the University's Community Economic Development Program and the Graduate Liberal Studies program, where he took on the mantle of Director from 1992-97. He revisited this role from 2009 to 2014.
Duguid has published widely in the field of prisoner education and is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events in this field. From 1993-96 he was the principal investigator in a major SSHRC-funded follow-up study of @800 former prisoner-students, the results of which were published in a Final Report and is available at www.sfu.ca/humanities/ifeps/research. Much of this research is reviewed in Duguid's publication, Can Prisons Work: The Prisoner As Object and Subject in Modern Corrections (University of Toronto Press, 2000).
More recently Duguid has been working in the area of environmental studies, more particularly exploring the relationship between nature and culture. His most recent book, Nature in Modernity: Servant, Citizen, Queen or Comrade, was published in 2010 by Peter Lang Press.