MARK BRAUDE is a historian of modern Europe and the author of two books of nonfiction. His most recent book, The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba From Exile to Escape (Penguin Press, 2018), traces Napoleon Bonaparte’s ten-month exile on the tiny Mediterranean island of Elba. His first book, Making Monte Carlo: A History of Speculation and Spectacle (Simon & Schuster, 2016), chronicles a history of the world’s first casino-resort, founded a century before anyone had thought of resort gambling in Nevada.
Mark has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University, where he was also a lecturer in the departments of Art History, History, and French. While at Stanford he curated a multimedia show at the Cantor Center for the Arts and was named a John S. Knight Journalism Fellows Favorite Professor.
Mark holds a PhD in History and Visual Culture from USC, an MA in French Studies from NYU, and a BA in History from UBC. His work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the BC Arts Council. He has written for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail and other publications, and has spoken at venues including the US Department of State, the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, the d.school, and on campuses in North America and Europe. He lives in Vancouver with his wife and daughter.