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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. A paperback edition was published in 2017. 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.

Mark has been a postdoctoral research fellow at the Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) at Stanford University, where he also lectured in the departments of Art History, History, and French. He 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 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 for The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, The Globe and Mail and other publicationsHe was awarded a 2018-2019 research grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Mark 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.