Bill Mullen is a professor of American studies with specializations in American Literature and Studies; African American Studies; Cultural Studies; Working-Class Studies; Critical Race Theory; Marxist Theory. He has written several books including UnAmerican: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Century of World Revolution (Temple UP, 2015); W.E.B. Du Bois: Revolutionary Across the Color Line (Pluto, 2016); Afro-Orientalism (Minnesota, 2004) a study of interethnic anti-racist alliance between Asian and African Americans, and Popular Fronts: Chicago and African American Cultural Politics 1935-1946 (University of Illinois, 1999). Mullen is faculty advisor for Students for a Just Palestine and is also an organizing member of the United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACB). Mullen has been published in a number of publications that include the Electronic Intifada, Mondoweiss, Truthout and others.
Mullen co-wrote an op-ed in Mondoweiss (1) with fellow academic, Professor Edwin Curtis, defending the BDS movement and criticizing the Indiana Senate for signing an anti-BDS bill into law. The article stated that the reason Indiana legislators cared about passing the bill was because it “is a relatively easy way to pander to pro-Israel special interests in the state.”
An outspoken supporter of Khader Adnan, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad who had advocated suicide bombings (2) and also supported Steven Salaita, who the University of Illinois withdrew a job offer after tweets from Salaita with anti-Semitic content became public knowledge. (3).
Mullen co-wrote an article with Tithi Bhattacharya for Electronic Intifada on September 2, 2014, blaming Salaita’s non-hiring on “deep political and financial ties between the university’s leadership and Israel” and “corporate neoliberalism.”
Mullen added that members of the University of Illinois’ Board of Trustees who supported Israel or associated with others having ties to Israel were inherently biased against Salaita and wrote that “[t]he solution is to de-Zionize our campuses…” Mullen also advocated for “a militant and unionized faculty.”
Mullen has also caused controversy by endorsing the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movements and students as well as supporting controversial figures like Rasmeah Odeh, Dr Mads Gilbert and others.
 Bill Mullen/Edwin Curtis, 25 March 2016, Mondoweiss, Indiana Lawmakers seek to silence critics of Israel http://mondoweiss.net/2016/03/indiana-lawmakers-seek-to-silence-critics-of-israel/
2 Khader Adnan, Palestinian Islamic Jihad endorses suicide bombings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtPQ4EqePqw
3 Steven Salaita Tweets https://twitter.com/stevesalaita/status/490651053101441025
4 Mullen/Bhattacharya, 2 September 2014, The Electronic Intifada https://electronicintifada.net/content/salaita-firing-shows-where-zionism-meets-neoliberalism-us-universities/13826