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

Selected Grants

Doctoral Dissertation Research: Examining Interracial Conduct in an Integrated Neighborhood awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2011 to 2012

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. Racism without Racists (4th Edition). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2013.

Doane, Ashley W., and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism. Routledge, 2013.

Jung, Moon Kie, et al. The State of White Supremacy: Racims, Governance, and the USA. Stanford University Press, 2011.

Zuberi, Tukufu, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. White Logic, White Methods: Race, Epistemology, and the Social Sciences. Rowman and Littlefield, 2008.

Darity, W., and E. Bonilla-Silva, editors. International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences. Macmillan, 2007.

Bonilla-Silva, Eduardo. White Supremacy and Racism in the Post-civil Rights Era. Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “From bi-racial to tri-racial.” Theories of Race and Racism: A Reader: Second Edition, 2020, pp. 652–68.

Hordge-Freeman, E., et al. “xposing Whiteness Because We Are Free: Emancipation Methodological Practice in Identifying and Challenging Racial Practices in Sociology Departments.” Rethinking Race and Ethnicity in Research Methods, 2016, pp. 95–122.

Bonilla-Silva, E., and T. Brookshire Childers. “The pitfalls and possibilities of prophetic race theory: Cultivating leadership: Race matters in “postracial” Obamerica and how to climb out of the Rabbit Hole.” Repositioning Race: Prophetic Research in a Postracial Obama Age, 2014, pp. 22–48.

Bonilla-Silva, E., and V. E. Ray. “Getting over the obama hope hangover: The new racism in ‘post-racial’ America.” Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives, 2014, pp. 57–73. Scopus, doi:10.1017/CBO9781139015431.007. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. ““New racism,” Color-Blind racism, and the future of whiteness in America.” White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism, 2013, pp. 271–84. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9780203412107. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E., and A. Ashe. “The End of Racism? Colorblind-Racism and Popular Media in Post-Civil Rights America.” Colorblind Screen, edited by S. Nilsen and S. E. Turner, NYU Press, 2013, pp. 57–82.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Are the Americas ‘Sick with Racism’ or is it a Problem at the Poles? A Reply to Christina A. Sue.” Latino Identity in Contemporary America, edited by martin Bulmer and John Solomos, Rouledge, 2012.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Race Matters In “Post-Racial” Obamerica and How to Climb Out Of the Rabbit Hole”.” Edited by Sandra Barnes, Past President of ABS, 2011.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Beyond Obama’s Historical Symbolism: The Heavy Weight of Being Black/Brown in a Racist Society: A Conversation with Eduardo Bonilla-Silva.Rethinking Race, Class, Language, and Gender: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky and Other Leading Scholars, edited by Pierre Orelus, Rowman and Littlefield, 2011, pp. 147–60.

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. “What Makes Systemic Racism Systemic? (Accepted)Sociological Inquiry, vol. 91, no. 3, Aug. 2021, pp. 513–33. Scopus, doi:10.1111/soin.12420. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “There is no racism here?: Preliminary notes about racial issues in the Americas.” Revista De Humanidades, no. 42, Dec. 2020, pp. 419–43.

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Toward a New Political Praxis for Trumpamerica: New Directions in Critical Race Theory.” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 63, no. 13, Nov. 2019, pp. 1776–88. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0002764219842614. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. ““Racists,” “Class Anxieties,” Hegemonic Racism, and Democracy in Trump’s America.” Social Currents, vol. 6, no. 1, Feb. 2019, pp. 14–31. Scopus, doi:10.1177/2329496518804558. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “Feeling Race: Theorizing the Racial Economy of Emotions.” American Sociological Review, vol. 84, no. 1, Feb. 2019, pp. 1–25. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0003122418816958. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “What We Were, What We Are, and What We Should Be: The Racial Problem of American Sociology.” Social Problems, vol. 64, no. 2, May 2017, pp. 179–87. Scopus, doi:10.1093/socpro/spx006. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “The Structure of Racism in Color-Blind, “Post-Racial” America.” American Behavioral Scientist, vol. 59, no. 11, Jan. 2015, pp. 1358–76. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0002764215586826. Full Text

Golash-Boza, T., and E. Bonilla-Silva. “Rethinking race, racism, identity and ideology in Latin America.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 36, no. 10, Oct. 2013, pp. 1485–89. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01419870.2013.808357. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “The last shall be first: Best books in the race field since 2000.” Contemporary Sociology, vol. 42, no. 1, Jan. 2013, pp. 31–40. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0094306112468718a. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. “The invisible weight of whiteness: the racial grammar of everyday life in contemporary America.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol. 35, no. 2, Feb. 2012, pp. 173–94. Scopus, doi:10.1080/01419870.2011.613997. Full Text