Department of History

Guy Emerson Mount

Guy Emerson Mount Assistant Professor
329 Thach Hall
(334) 844-4000
guymount@auburn.edu

Office Hours

  • Tuesday 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
  • Thursday 1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.

Profile

Guy Emerson Mount is an Assistant Professor of African American History focusing on the intersection of Black transnationalism, Western modernity, and global empires.  He joined the History Department at Auburn University 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 research interests include the African Diaspora, slavery, emancipation, Jim Crow, colonialism, American empire, the Atlantic World, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Afro-Asian solidarities, Peace Studies, and radical Black politics. Additionally, Prof. Mount has recently helped advance a new field of inquiry 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 alongside older identities established in the circuits of the Black Atlantic.  Methodologically this work spans the fields of cultural, social, political, and intellectual history. 

His current book project is a global history of emancipation told through the lived realities of transnational Black workers who jettisoned the Atlantic World for a new life in the Pacific. Tentatively titled From Slavery to Empire: Reconstruction in the Black Pacific, this project revisits the older historiographical debates over American Reconstruction through an entirely new set of transnational archival sources.  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 from the Atlantic World to America’s nascent empire in Hawai’i and the Philippines.  By following the lives of ordinary black teachers, chefs, artists, and sharecroppers as they attempted to enact this program, Prof. Mount's book promises to unveil the largely overlooked connections between the death of American slavery and the birth of American overseas empire.  

As part of his research into the lasting legacies of slavery, Prof. Mount recently co-founded the scholarly team that uncovered the University of Chicago’s historical ties to slavery.  Subsequently, he began collaborating with community preservationists, genealogists, and activists on the South Side of Chicago through a wide-range of public history initiatives including the organization of a national conference titled “Reframing Reparations: Universities, Communities, and Undoing the Legacy of Harm.” At Auburn, he is an active supporter of The Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project and will be teaching at the Staton Correctional Facility in the Fall of 2020 where dozens of incarcerated Auburn University students are pursuing their degrees. His second book project will explore the long history of reparations globally and the rise of new techniques in transformative justice.

In the fields of public history and the digital humanities, Prof. Mount currently serves as Associate Editor of Black Perspectives, the world’s largest online destination for African American history.  In addition to contributing his own pieces and editing those of others, he is now developing a new podcast and video channel—called Black Thoughts Matter—on behalf of Black Perspectives and the African American Intellectual History Society. Understanding teaching as something that extends beyond the classroom, he recently brought this 21st century pedagogy to Auburn’s time-honored traditions by pioneered the use of the #AuburnWorldHistory hashtag.  By leveraging the reach of social media, Prof. Mount has effectively used this teaching tool to democratize his campus-based World History classrooms by providing free, open-access to Auburn university survey courses to members of the public around the world. In the Summer of 2020, he will lead the first-ever College of Liberal Arts Summer Abroad program in South African where Auburn University students will learn about the global history of structural racism in conjunction with various Peace Studies and transformative justice initiatives designed to heal those harms.

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 Harvard, Oxford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines.  He welcomes inquiries from prospective graduate students and media outlets and can be followed on Twitter @GuyEmersonMount.

Education

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

2019

"Towards an Anti-Fascist Pedagogy." Black Perspectives.

 

2018

“’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.


2017
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).


2016
“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.


2015
“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.


2014
Review of Greg Carter, The United States of United Races: A Utopian History of Racial Mixing in Journal of Critical Mixed Race Studies.


2013
“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: August 14, 2019