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., and G. Baiocchi. “Anything but racism: How sociologists limit the significance of racism.” Race and Society, vol. 4, no. 2, Jan. 2001, pp. 117–31. Scopus, doi:10.1016/S1090-9524(03)00004-4. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., and T. A. Forman. “"I am not a racist but . . .": Mapping White college students' racial ideology in the USA.” Discourse and Society, vol. 11, no. 1, Jan. 2000, pp. 50–85. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0957926500011001003. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “"This is a white country": The racial ideology of the western nations of the world-system.” Sociological Inquiry, vol. 70, no. 2, Jan. 2000, pp. 188–214. Scopus, doi:10.1111/j.1475-682X.2000.tb00905.x. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Rethinking racism: Toward a structural interpretation.” American Sociological Review, vol. 62, no. 3, Jan. 1997, pp. 465–80. Scopus, doi:10.2307/2657316. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. “Color-Blind Racism in Pandemic Times.” Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, SAGE Publications, pp. 233264922094102–233264922094102. Crossref, doi:10.1177/2332649220941024. Full Text