Mark I. Choate is an associate professor in the Department of History at Brigham Young University. He is also an adjunct research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College.
His book Emigrant Nation: The Making of Italy Abroad (Harvard University Press, 2008) was awarded the Council for European Studies Book Award and the Marraro Prize.
Choate holds three degrees from Yale University, including a PhD in history. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Italy and was awarded Yale’s Hans Gatzke Prize for an outstanding dissertation in European history.
Choate was also awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan. He served for eight months as a historian for U.S. Special Operations forces. His over 300 interviews with coalition operators from 34 countries helped him write a classified handbook on Afghan village stability, police-force development, and medical services for women and children.
He was promoted to the rank of colonel in 2018. He has several other military decorations and badges. Choate enlisted in the Army National Guard at age 17.
Choate is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.