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Joe Corn

Joseph Corn received his PhD from UC-Berkeley and lectured in the history department at Stanford University for more than two decades. A specialist in the history of American technology and material culture, Dr. Corn has published books on the history of aeronautics and on the history of American expectations for the future. He recently completed a book examining how consumers have encountered and coped with complex technologies such as sewing machines, automobiles and, most recently, personal computers.

Joe and Wanda are a terrific team! They blend quality information and congenial conversation to energize the travel experience.

William Gorth, PhD '71, Hudson River, 2016


  • Senior lecturer, department of history, Stanford University, 1980-2006
  • Senior Smithsonian fellow, National Museum of American History, 2006-2007


  • User Unfriendly: Consumer Struggles with Personal Technologies, from Clocks and Sewing Machines to Cars and Computers
  • Into the Blue: American Writing on Aviation and Spaceflight

Academic History:

  • BA, Bates College; LLB, New York University
  • PhD, History, UC-Berkeley

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