Guy Emerson Mount

Guy Emerson Mount is an Assistant Professor of African American History at Auburn University 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. 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. His current book project 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. Follow him on Twitter @GuyEmersonMount.