Bill Hansen, an American, was educated at the University of Maryland, SOAS London, Karl Marx University, Leipzig and Boston University. He was an activist in the American civil rights movement in the sixties.
He has lived most of the past 50 years outside the United States, teaching at universities in Germany, Kyrgyzstan and, for the past 16 years, at the American University of Nigeria, where he was the founding chair of the Politics Department.
He is now serving his second term in that position. His research interests are in socialism, Fanon, revolution, the post-colonial state and, for the past several years, Boko Haram. He lives In Yola with his four adopted Nigerian children.