Guy Emerson Mount is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and an instructor in the Department of History. His dissertation, “The Last Reconstruction: Slavery, Emancipation, and Empire in the Black Pacific” was also written at the University of Chicago under the direction of Thomas Holt. It is the first global history of emancipation to focus on the efforts of black activists and white politicians to colonize over five million African Americans to Hawai’i and the Philippines after the passage of the 13th Amendment. At the University of Chicago he teaches courses in American and African American history from a transnational perspective and is currently developing a new course on the global history of reparations. As an active proponent of public history and the digital humanities, he contributes regularly to Black Perspectives, the world’s largest online site devoted to African American history and culture, and shares he thoughts on current events through his Twitter account (@GuyEmersonMount).
As part of the scholarly team that uncovered the University of Chicago’s ties to slavery, Guy is also a co-founder of the Reparations at UChicago Working Group where he regularly offers public addresses and collaborates with grass-roots organizations on the South Side of Chicago. As a long-time activist and community organizer he has been involved in a number prior and ongoing campaigns involving the prison industrial complex, health equity, worker’s rights, and youth empowerment. For more information on his work please visit his web page at the University of Chicago and follow him on Twitter.