in the Social Sciences
PhD candidate (history) University of Chicago
AM 2011 (history) San Diego State University
AB 1998 (history) University of California at San Diego
Slavery, emancipation, black internationalism, and American empire
Guy Emerson Mount's dissertation, "The Last Reconstruction: Race, Nation, and Empire in the Black Pacific," under the direction of Thomas C. Holt, analyses the end of American slavery in conjunction with the birth of American overseas empire. It follows the now forgotten plans to colonize over five million African Americans to the Pacific during the Philippine American War. Using archival sources from the Philippines, the state of Hawai'i, and the mainland United States this project methodologically blends political, cultural, social, and intellectual history. Its approach to the transnational question of emancipation and reparations is both top-down (state-sponsored colonization proposals circulating among the highest branches of government) and a bottom-up (a story told through the voices of black colonists themselves and their experiences with black internationalism). Ultimately, this dissertation argues not only for a new chronological end point for American Reconstruction, but also links that closure to the openings and pitfalls that African Americans experienced through a global and 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. Not coincidentally, this process of slavery's transformation developed even as the efforts to make amends for slavery and its legacy were simultaneously abandoned.
Mount's master's thesis analyzed black masculinity, identity, and authenticity through the white-skinned mixed-race body of T. Thomas Fortune. The Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Institute, and the American Historical Association awarded him fellowships. He was most recently 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 will study this legacy further. Mount writes on contemporary politics and popular culture through Twitter and monthly blogs for the African American Intellectual History Society.
—"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, 85–110. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
—"A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago." (co-authored) 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.
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.