US pre 1900
Teaching Fellow




Research Interests

Slavery, emancipation, black internationalism, and American empire

Biography

Guy Emerson Mount's book manuscript, "The Last Reconstruction: Race, Nation, and Empire in the Black Pacific," analyses the end of American slavery in conjunction with the birth of American overseas empire. It follows a series of state-sponsored plans and grassroots social mobilizations to colonize over five million African Americans after emancipation to imperial outposts in the Pacific. By tracing the lives of these everyday black migrants fleeing an emerging Jim Crow regimen, a new picture of postemancipation black transnationalism emerges. Using archival sources from the Kingdom of Hawai'i, the Philippines, and the United States this project methodologically spans political, cultural, social, and intellectual history. With its global scope and its stark reframing of emancipation as a transnational process, this work places the historiography on Reconstruction into conversation with the more recent scholarly literature on black transnationalism and America abroad. Ultimately, this work argues for a new chronological end point of American Reconstruction by linking that closure to an aggressively expanding American empire. Rather than slavery disappearing in the face of empire, slavery's legacy continued—and it continued through empire —both at home and abroad. 

Mount's work has been recognized by the Mellon Foundation, the Eisenhower Institute, and the American Historical Association. He was also part of the scholarly group that uncovered the University of Chicago's historical ties to slavery and is a cofounder of the Reparations at UChicago Working Group (RAUC), which is now studying this legacy further. Mount continues to write monthly on contemporary politics and popular culture for the African American Intellectual History Society while sharing his daily thoughts on Twitter.

Publications

—(co-authored) “'A Disgrace to Slaveholders Everywhere’: The University of Chicago’s Founding Ties to Slavery and the National Path to Reparations." Journal of African American History, forthcoming.
—"Historical Ventriloquy: Black Thought and Sexual Politics in the Interracial Marriage of Frederick Douglass." In New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition, edited by Christopher Cameron, Ashley Farmer, and Keisha Blain. Evanston: IL: Northwestern University Press, 2018, forthcoming.
—"African Americans and the Baha'i Faith." In The Encyclopedia of African American Culture, edited by Gerald Early. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2017, forthcoming.
—(book review) "Greg Carter. The United States of the United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing."Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies 1, no. 1 (2014): 223–25.
—"A Troubled Modernity: W. E. B. Du Bois, 'the Black Church,' and the Problem of Causality." In The Course of Human Solidarity: 'Abdu'l Bahá's Journey West, edited by Negar Mottahedeh, 85–110London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Digital Publications

—(co-authored) "A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago." Black Perspective, May 22, 2017.
—"Black Rage at the Organization of American Historians." Process: A Blog for American History,  May 10, 2017.
—"Is Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Stamped from the Beginning?Black Perspectives. Jun. 28, 2016.
—"When Slaves Go on Strike: W. E. B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction 80 Years Later.Black Perspectives, Dec. 28, 2015.
—"Capitalism and Slavery: Reflections on the Williams Thesis." Black Perspectives, Nov. 21, 2015.
—"Ta-Nehisi Coates, David Brooks, and the Master Narrative of American History." Black Perspectives, Jul. 25, 2015.
—"The 'Masculine Journey' of Bishop Eddie Long." History News Network, Dec. 20, 2010.
—"Zinn Lives: Scholars Remember the Person behind A People's History.History News Network, Mar. 22, 2010.

Courses

HIST 18303 Colonizations 3 (Spring 2018)
HIST 29521 Black Pacific (Spring 2018)
HIST 13600 Aemrica in World Civilization 2 (Winter 2018)
HIST 29320 A Global History of Reparations (Winter 2018)


The Social Sciences Teaching Fellows Program is a two-year program designed to enhance the pedagogical skills and research training for current and recent graduates of PhD programs in the Division of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. Teaching fellows teach four courses, two or three of which will be in a Core sequence for the Social Sciences. Fellows participate in a program of professional development under the joint supervision of a faculty mentor and the director of the Chicago Center for Teaching. They are also expected to advance their own research and participate in campus activities.