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. “Towards a New Radical Agenda: A Critique of Mainstreamed Sociological Radicalism.” Contemporary Sociology, edited by R. Levine, vol. 35, no. 2, 2005, pp. 111–14.

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo, et al. “When Whites Flock Together: White Habitus and the Social Psychology of Whites’ Social and Residential Segregation from Blacks.” Critical Sociology, vol. 32, no. 2–3, 2005, pp. 229–54.

Bonilla-Silva, E., et al. “"I did not get that job because of a black man. . .": The story lines and testimonies of color-blind racism.” Sociological Forum, vol. 19, no. 4, Dec. 2004, pp. 555–81. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11206-004-0696-3. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “From bi-racial to tri-racial: Towards a new system of racial stratification in the USA.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 27, no. 6, Nov. 2004, pp. 931–50. Scopus, doi:10.1080/0141987042000268530. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Racial attitudes or racial ideology? An alternative paradigm for examining actors' racial views.” Journal of Political Ideologies, vol. 8, no. 1, Feb. 2003, pp. 63–82. Scopus, doi:10.1080/13569310306082. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Where is the love? A rejoinder by Bonilla-Silva on the Latin Americanization thesis.” Race and Society, vol. 5, no. 1, Dec. 2002, pp. 103–14. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.racsoc.2003.12.007. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “We are all Americans!: The Latin Americanization of racial stratification in the USA.” Race and Society, vol. 5, no. 1, Dec. 2002, pp. 3–16. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.racsoc.2003.12.008. Full Text

Aguirre, B. E., and E. Bonilla Silva. “Does race matter among Cuban immigrants? An analysis of the racial characteristics of recent Cuban immigrants.” Journal of Latin American Studies, vol. 34, no. 2, June 2002, pp. 311–24. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0022216X02006430. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., and D. G. Embrick. “Are Blacks color blind too? An interview-based analysis of Black Detroiters' racial views.” Race and Society, vol. 4, no. 1, Dec. 2001, pp. 47–67. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S1090-9524(02)00034-7. Full Text