Department of History

Guy Emerson Mount

Guy Emerson Mount Assistant Professor
329 Thach Hall
(334) 844-4000

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 11:00-12:00
  • Thursday 11:00-12:00


Guy Emerson Mount is an Assistant Professor of African American History whose work focuses on the intersection of Black transnationalism, Western modernity and global empires.  He joined the History Department at Auburn from the University of Chicago where he earned his Ph.D. in 2018 and served as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Division of Social Sciences.  

Prof. Mount’s current research interests include the African Diaspora, slavery and emancipation, Jim Crow, colonialism and American empire, the Atlantic World, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Afro-Asian solidarities, Peace Studies, and radical Black politics. Additionally, Prof. Mount has become one the foremost advocates of a new field of inquiry that is now coalescing under the moniker of the Black Pacific—a liminal site of global Blackness where alternate formations of race, empire, and self-invention were re-imagined and contested against older identities established in the circuits of the Black Atlantic.  Methodologically this work spans across the fields of intellectual, social, cultural, and political history.  

Stressing the complex dialectic between subaltern and elite-driven narratives, Prof. Mount aims to examine big ideas in small spaces. Emblematic of this commitment is his current book project which seeks to tell a global history of empire and emancipation through the everyday lives of transnational Black workers who jettisoned the Atlantic World for a new life in the Pacific.  Tentatively titled The Last Reconstruction: Slavery, Emancipation, and Empire in the Black Pacific, this project revisits the older historiographical debates over American Reconstruction through new archival sources assembled across multiple countries.  Collectively, these sources reveal concrete plans after emancipation for a massive state-funded colonization program that promised to relocate over five million formerly enslaved peoples to America’s nascent empire in Hawai’i and the Philippines.  By following the lives of ordinary black teachers, chefs, artists, and sharecroppers who attempted to enact this program, the book promises to unveil the profound connections between the death of American slavery and the birth of America’s overseas empire.

Ever cognizant of the contemporary uses of history, Prof. Mount recently co-founded the scholarly team that uncovered the University of Chicago’s historical ties to slavery.  Subsequently, he began collaborating with preservationists, scholars, and activists on a wide variety of public history initiatives including the organization of a national conference titled “Reframing Reparations: Universities, Communities, and Undoing the Legacy of Harm” to be held at the University of Chicago in 2019 during Black History Month.  

Understanding teaching as something that extends beyond the classroom, Prof. Mount regularly writes for Black Perspectives, the world’s largest online destination for African American history,and is currently developing a new podcast and video channel on behalf of the African American Intellectual History Society that is designed for a general audience.  His more recent use of the #AuburnWorldHistory hashtag is another attempt to democratize the classroom and provide open access to university survey courses while bringing a 21stcentury pedagogy to Auburn’s time-honored traditions.

Prof. Mount’s work has earned numerous honors and awards including recognition from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation, and the American Historical Association.  He has traveled widely giving invited addresses at the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Gettysburg College, Loyola University of Chicago, and Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.  He welcomes inquires from prospective graduate students and media outlets and can be followed on Twitter @GuyEmersonMount.


Ph.D. University of Chicago, 2018

M.A. University of Chicago, 2018

M.A. San Diego State University, 2011

B.A. University of California at San Diego, 1998

Representative Publications

“’A Disgrace to All Slaveholders’: The University of Chicago’s Founding Ties to Slavery and the National Path to Reparations” in the Journal of African American History, Vol. 103, No., 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2018)

“Historical Ventriloquy: Black Thought and Sexual Politics in the Interracial Marriage of Frederick Douglass” in New Perspectives on the Black Intellectual Tradition, Christopher Cameron, Ashley Farmer, and Keisha Blain, eds., Northwestern University Press

Review of Meshra Baradaran, The Color of Money: Black Banks and the Racial Wealth Gap, for Black Perspectives

“Can Reparations Save American Politics?,” Black Perspectives

“Black Rage at the Organization of American Historians,” Process (Organization of American Historians)

“Atlantic to Pacific: Jeremiah Martin’s Journey from Slavery to Freedom in Honua‘ino, Hawai‘i,” Hailono: The Kona Historical Society Newsletter 

"Is Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome Stamped from the Beginning?," Black Perspectives

“When Slaves Go on Strike: W.E.B. Du Bois’s Black Reconstruction 80 Years Later,” Black Perspectives

"Capitalism and Slavery: Reflections on the Williams Thesis," Black Perspectives

“Ta-Nehisi Coates, David Brooks, and The Master Narrative Of American History,” Black Perspectives

Review of Jason C. Bivins,Spirits Rejoice!: Jazz and American Religion for Black Perspectives

Review of Greg Carter, The United States of United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing in Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies 

“A Troubled Modernity: W.E.B Du Bois, ‘The Black Church,’ and the Problem of Causality,” in 'Abdu'l Baha's Journey West: The Course of Human Solidarity, Negar Mottahedeh, ed. (Palgrave Macmillan)

Last Updated: February 20, 2019