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Bill Mullen

Bill Mullen

Professor // American Studies // SIS
Emeriti Faculty

Professor // SIS
Emeriti Faculty

Affiliated Faculty // Asian American Studies // SIS
Emeriti Faculty

Affiliated Faculty // Global Studies // SIS
Emeriti Faculty

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Room: HEAV G12


Phone: (765) 496-2856

Fax: (765) 494-3660

Ph.D., English, City University of New York Graduate School and University Center, 1990


American Literature and Studies; African American Studies; Cultural Studies; Working-Class Studies; Critical Race Theory; Marxist Theory

Bill V. Mullen is Professor of English and American Studies at Purdue.  His books include 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).  He has edited five other books in collaboration with Sherry Lee Linkon, James Smethurst and Fred Ho.  He has been a Fulbright lecturer at Wuhan University in the People’s Republic of China.   He is faculty adviser to Students for Justice in Palestine at Purdue and a member of the organizing collective for the United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACB).   His articles have appeared in Social Text, African-American Review, American Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, Electronic Intifada, Truthout, Mondoweiss, Jacobin and elsewhere. Mullen teaches courses in African American Literature and Culture, American Studies, Working-Class Literature, Cultural Studies and Postcolonial Literature. He is currently working on a biography of James Baldwin titled James Baldwin: Living in Fire.  The book focuses on Baldwin’s radical, and queer, politics.