Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

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 at Madison 1993

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

  • B.A., University of Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico) 1984

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Ray, V. "It's real! Racism, color blindness, Obama, and the urgent need for social movement politics." Studies in Critical Social Sciences. January 1, 2010. 47-58.

Bonilla-Silva, E. "The Latin Americanization of US Race Relations: A New Pigmentocracy." Shades of Difference. Ed. EN Glenn. Stanford University Press, 2009. 40-60.

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Dietrich, D. "New Racism." Covert Racism. Ed. R Coates. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. 56-76.

Bonilla-Silva, , and Embrick, DG. "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. Ed. M Pollack. New Press (From New School), 2008. 334-336.

Bonilla-Silva, E. "Look, A Negro! Reflections on the Human Rights Approach to Racial Justice." Race, Human Rights & Inequality. Ed. A Hattery, E Smith, and DG Embrick. Rowman and Littlefield, 2007.

Bonilla-Silva, , and Embrick, DG. "The (White) Color of Color Blindness in 21st Century Amerika." Race, Ethnicity, and Education (Volume 4: Colorblind Racism: Racism/Anti-racist Action). Ed. EW Ross and VO Pang. New York: Praeger, 2005. 1-26.

Bonilla-Silva, E. "Introduction—‘Racism’ and 'New Racism’—The Contours of Racial Dynamics in Contemporary America." Critical Pedagogy and Race. Ed. Z Leonardo. London: Blackwell, 2005. 1-36.

Bonilla-Silva, , and Embrick, DG. "The Race Problem in the Critical Pedagogy Community." Re-inventing Critical Pedagogy: Widening the Circle of Anti-Oppression Education. Ed. C Rossatto, RL Allen, and M Pruyn. Rowman and Littlefield, 2005. 21-35.

Bonilla-Silva, , and Embrick, DG. "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. Ed. D Brunsma. Lynn Rienner, 2005. 33-49.


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 33 (October 2010): 1169-1170.

Bonilla-Silva, E. "The hangover is still not over: Obamerica a Year Later." Humanity and Society 34.3 (July 2010): 280-284.

Burton, LM, Bonilla-Silva, E, Ray, V, Buckelew, R, and Freeman, EH. "Critical Race Theories, Colorism, and the Decade's Research on Families of Color." JOURNAL OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY 72.3 (June 2010): 440-459. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Mayorga, S. "Si Me Permiten Hablar: Limitations of the human rights tradition to address racial inequality." Societies without Borders 4.3 (October 1, 2009): 366-382. Full Text

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 32.6 (July 2009): 1071-1082. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "When Whites LOVE a Black Leader: Race Matters in Obamerica." Journal of African American Studies (2009).

Burton, L, Bonilla-Silva, E, Ray, V, Buckelow, R, and Freeman, E. "The Color of race and Ethnicity in American Families: A Synthesis and Critique (Accepted)." Journal of Marriage and the Family (2009). (Academic Article)

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Dietrich, DR. "The latin americanization of racial stratification in the U.S." (December 1, 2008): 151-170. (Chapter) Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "Where is the love? A Rejoinder on the Latin Americanization Thesis." Race and Society 5 (2008): 103-114.