Mark Choate

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Mark I. Choate
Alma mater Yale University (B.A.)
Yale University (M.A.)
Yale University (M.Phil.)
Yale University (Ph.D.)
Doctoral advisor Frank M. Snowden III
Other academic advisors Paul Kennedy, Linda Colley, John M. Merriman, Geoffrey Parker (historian)

Mark Irvan Choate FRHistS is a history professor at Brigham Young University and adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, specializing in the history of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the world, specifically international relations, migration, colonialism, and grand strategy. He emphasizes the relationships between international emigration, immigration, and colonialism, and transnational influences in the fields of diplomacy, trade, currency exchange, and military power.

Early life[edit]

After living in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, as a child, Choate grew up in rural Osage County, Oklahoma, and graduated from Charles Page High School in Sand Springs. While a freshman at Yale College, he enlisted as a medic in the Army National Guard, using the G.I. Bill to help pay for school.[1]

Fellowships and memberships[edit]

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society since 2008,[2] and a fellow of the Società Italiana per lo Studio della Storia Contemporanea since 2009.[3] He was a visiting fellow at the Centre d'études et de recherches internationales at Sciences Po, Paris, in 2014-2015.[4]


2009: Howard R. Marraro Prize[5]
2010: Council for European Studies Book Award[6]
2010: BYU Class of 1949 Young Faculty Award teaching prize[7]

Military service[edit]

Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars War in Afghanistan
Awards Bronze Star[1]

Choate enlisted in 1989 as a Private first class in the Oklahoma National Guard. He completed basic training at Fort Jackson and advanced individual training as a medic at Fort Sam Houston. Choate ended his enlistment at the rank of staff sergeant upon being commissioned through Officer Candidate School in 1994.[8]

Dates of rank[edit]

Rank Date
US-O1 insignia.svg Second Lieutenant 1994
US-O2 insignia.svg First Lieutenant 1997
US-O3 insignia.svg Captain 2001
US-O4 insignia.svg Major 2007
US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel 2013

Decorations and badges[edit]

Choate's decorations and badges include the following:[1][8]

U.S. military decorations
Bronze Star
Meritorious Service Medal
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Commendation Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters)
U.S. unit awards
Joint Meritorious Unit Award
U.S. service (campaign) medals and service and training ribbons
Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal with Silver and Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters
Bronze star
National Defense Service Medal (with 1 Service star)
Bronze star
Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with 1 Service Star)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal ribbon.svg Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
AFRM with Hourglass Device (Silver).jpg Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Silver Hourglass and “M 2” Devices
Army Service Ribbon.svg Army Service Ribbon
International decorations
NATO Medal ribbon (Non-Article 5).svg NATO Medal for ISAF Afghanistan Operation Enduring Freedom XVI
U.S. badges, patches and tabs
US Army Special Forces SSI.png Special Forces (United States Army)|3rd Special Forces Group (United States)

worn as his Combat Service Identification Badge

ArmyOSB.jpg 1 Overseas Service Bar


  • Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad (Harvard University Press, 2008) ISBN 978-0-6740-2784-8
  • “New Dynamics and New Imperial Powers, 1876-1905,” in The Routledge History of Western Empires (Oxford/New York: Routledge, 2014) ISBN 978-0-4156-3987-3
  • “National Communications for a Transnational Community: Italy’s promotion of italianità among emigrants, 1870-1920,” in Transnational Political Spaces: Agents - Structures - Encounters (Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag, 2009) ISBN 978-3-5933-8945-5
  • "Tunisia, Contested: Italian Nationalism, French Imperial Rule, and Migration in the Mediterranean Basin". California Italian Studies (February 2010): 1–20. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  • "Sending States' Transnational Interventions in Politics, Culture, and Economics: The Historical Example of Italy". International Migration Review (Fall 2007): 728–768. 
  • "Identity Politics and Political Perception in the European Settlement of Tunisia: The French Colony vs. the Italian Colony". French Colonial History (Fall 2007): 97–109. 
  • "From Territorial to Ethnographic Colonies and Back Again: The Politics of Italian Expansion, 1890-1912". Modern Italy: Journal of the Association for the Study of Modern Italy (Spring 2003): 65–75.