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MARK BRAUDE is a historian of Modern Europe and the author of two books of nonfiction. He was named a 2017-2018 Public Scholar by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Mark’s first book, Making Monte Carlo: A History of Speculation and Spectacle (Simon & Schuster, 2016), traces a history of the world’s first casino resort. It garnered reviews in the New York Times Book Review, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and other publications. A paperback edition was published in 2017.

His second book, The Invisible Emperor: Napoleon on Elba From Exile to Escape, concerns Napoleon Bonaparte’s ten-month exile on the tiny Mediterranean island of Elba and will be published by Penguin Press in October 2018. UK and Netherlands editions will be published by Profile Books and Balans Books, respectively.

Before turning to writing full-time, Mark was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University, where he also taught as 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.

He holds a PhD in History and Visual Culture from the University of Southern California, a Master’s in French Studies from New York University, and a Bachelor’s in History from the University of British Columbia. He has written about the intersections of culture and politics in publications such as The New Republic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Los Angeles Times, and The Globe and Mail, where he briefly wrote a weekly column about minimalism.

Mark has spoken at venues including the US Department of State, the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, the, and at various campuses in North America and Europe. He lives in Vancouver with his wife.


All images (except book cover) are drawn from postcards