Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

James B. Duke 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. "Rethinking racism: Toward a structural interpretation." American Sociological Review 62.3 (January 1, 1997): 465-480. Full Text