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MARK BRAUDE is the author of two books of nonfiction. 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. Making Monte Carlo: A History of Speculation and Spectacle (Simon & Schuster, 2016), chronicles a history of the world’s first casino-resort.

Mark was named a 2017-2018 NEH Public Scholar and was awarded a 2018-2019 research grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. He is a former postdoctoral research 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, Mark was named a John S. Knight Journalism Fellows Favorite Professor and curated a multimedia show, Speed and Power, at the Cantor Center for the Arts.

Mark holds a PhD in History and Visual Culture from USC, a Master’s in French Studies from NYU, and a Bachelor’s in History from the University of British Columbia. 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 at various campuses in North America and Europe. He lives in Vancouver with his wife.

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