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, 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., and K. S. Glover. "We are all americans": The Latin Americanization of race relations in the United States. Edited by M. Krysan and A. E. Lewis, RUSSELL SAGE FOUNDATION, 2004, pp. 149–83.


Bonilla-Silva, E. “Are the Americas 'sick with racism' or is it a problem at the poles? A reply to Christina A. Sue.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 32, no. 6, July 2009, pp. 1071–82. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01419870902883536. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., and V. Ray. “When whites love a black leader: Race matters in Obamerica.” Journal of African American Studies, vol. 13, no. 2, June 2009, pp. 176–83. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s12111-008-9073-2. Full Text

Burton, Linda, et al. “The Color of race and Ethnicity in American Families: A Synthesis and Critique (Accepted).” Journal of Marriage and the Family, 2009.

Bonilla-Silva, E., and D. R. Dietrich. The latin americanization of racial stratification in the U.S. Dec. 2008, pp. 151–70. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-0-387-79098-5_9. Full Text

Berry, B., and E. Bonilla-Silva. “'They should hire the one with the best score': White sensitivity to qualification differences in affirmative action hiring decisions.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 31, no. 2, Jan. 2008, pp. 215–42. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01419870701337619. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Where is the love? A Rejoinder on the Latin Americanization Thesis.” Race and Society, vol. 5, 2008, pp. 103–14.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Review of Black and Blue, African Americans, the Labor Movement, and the Decline of the Democratic Party by Paul Frymer.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 38, no. 1, American Sociological Association, 2008, pp. 54–55.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Prejudice in Politics: Group Position, Public Opinion, and the Wisconsin Treaty Rights Dispute By Lawrence D. Bobo and Mia Tuan Harvard University Press, 2006. $40 (cloth).” Social Forces, vol. 86, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), Sept. 2007, pp. 364–66. Crossref, doi:10.1353/sof.2007.0090. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., and D. G. Embrick. “"Every place has a Ghetto⋯": The significance of whites' social and residential segregation.” Symbolic Interaction, vol. 30, no. 3, June 2007, pp. 323–45. Scopus, doi:10.1525/si.2007.30.3.323. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., et al. “When whites flock together: The social psychology of white habitus.” Critical Sociology, vol. 32, no. 2–3, June 2006, pp. 229–53. Scopus, doi:10.1163/156916306777835268. Full Text