Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of Sociology

External Address: 
Sociology, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Duke Box 90088, Durham, NC 27708-0088
(919) 660-5607


I am trained in class analysis, political sociology, and sociology of development (globalization). However, my work in the last 20 years has been in the area of race. I have published on racial theory, race and methodology, color-blind racism, the idea that race stratification in the USA is becoming Latin America-like, racial grammar, HWCUs, race and human rights, race and citizenship, whiteness, and the Obama phenomenon among other things. In all my work, I contend that racism is fundamentally about "racial domination," hence, racism is a collective and structural phenomenon in society (see my 1997 ASR on this matter).

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison 1993

  • M.A., University of Wisconsin - Madison 1987

  • B.A., University of Puerto Rico 1984

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Exposing Whiteness Because We Are Free: Emancipation Methodological Practice in Identifying and Challenging Racial Practices in Sociology Departments.” Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods, edited by John Stanfield, Left Coast Press, 2011, pp. 95–122.

Bonilla-Silva, E., and V. Ray. “It's real! Racism, color blindness, Obama, and the urgent need for social movement politics.” Studies in Critical Social Sciences, vol. 17, 2010, pp. 47–58.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “The Latin Americanization of US Race Relations: A New Pigmentocracy.” Shades of Difference, edited by Evelyn Nakano Glenn, Stanford University Press, 2009, pp. 40–60.

Bonilla-Silva, E., and D. Dietrich. “New Racism.” Covert Racism, edited by R. Coates, Oxford University Press, 2008, pp. 56–76.

Bonilla-Silva, David G., and David G. Embrick. “Fight the Power! Racism, Revolution, and the Role of Education in the Anti-Racism Movement.” Everyday Antiracism: Concrete Ways to Successfully Navigate the Relevance of Race in School, edited by Mica Pollack, New Press (From New School), 2008, pp. 334–36.

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. “Look, A Negro! Reflections on the Human Rights Approach to Racial Justice.” Race, Human Rights & Inequality, edited by Angela Hattery et al., Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

Bonilla-Silva, Mica, and David G. Embrick. “The (White) Color of Color Blindness in 21st Century Amerika.” Race, Ethnicity, and Education (Volume 4: Colorblind Racism: Racism/Anti-Racist Action), edited by E Wayne Ross and Valerie Ooka Pang, Praeger, 2005, pp. 1–26.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Introduction—‘Racism’ and 'New Racism’—The Contours of Racial Dynamics in Contemporary America.” Critical Pedagogy and Race, edited by Z. Leonardo, Blackwell, 2005, pp. 1–36.

Bonilla-Silva, Z., and David G. Embrick. “The Race Problem in the Critical Pedagogy Community.” Re-Inventing Critical Pedagogy: Widening the Circle of Anti-Oppression Education, edited by Cesar Rossatto et al., Rowman and Littlefield, 2005, pp. 21–35.

Bonilla-Silva, Claudia, and David G. Embrick. “Black, Honorary White, White: The Future of Race in the United States?Negotiating the Color Line: Doing Race in the Color-Blind Era and Implications for Racial Justice, edited by David Brunsma, Lynn Rienner, 2005, pp. 33–49.


Bonilla-Silva, E. “Examining, Debating, and Ranting about the Obama Phenomenon: Introduction to Special Section on Obama.” Political Power and Social Theory, vol. 22, 2012, pp. 3–16.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “The Invisisble Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in America.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 34, no. 12, 2012.

Seamster, L., and E. Bonilla-Silva. “Introduction: Examining, debating, and ranting about the Obama phenomenon.” Political Power and Social Theory, vol. 22, Dec. 2011, pp. 3–15. Scopus, doi:10.1108/S0198-8719(2011)0000022007. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., and D. Dietrich. “The new racism: The racial regime of post-civil rights America.” Studies in Critical Social Sciences, vol. 32, Jan. 2011, pp. 41–67. Scopus, doi:10.1163/ej.9789004203655.i-461.13. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Review of Racial Justice in the Age of Obama in Ethnic and Racial Studies by Roy L. Brooks.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 33, Oct. 2010, pp. 1169–70.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “The hangover is still not over: Obamerica a Year Later.” Humanity and Society, vol. 34, no. 3, July 2010, pp. 280–84.

Burton, L. M., et al. “Critical race theories, colorism, and the decade's research on families of color.” Journal of Marriage and Family, vol. 72, no. 3, June 2010, pp. 440–59. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2010.00712.x. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., and S. Mayorga. “Si Me Permiten Hablar: Limitations of the human rights tradition to address racial inequality.” Societies Without Borders, vol. 4, no. 3, Oct. 2009, pp. 366–82. Scopus, doi:10.1163/187188609X12492771031654. Full Text