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

Selected Grants

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

Bonilla-Silva, E. Racism without Racists (4th Edition). Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, July 29, 2013.

Doane, AW, and Bonilla-Silva, E. White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism. New York: Routledge, January 11, 2013.

Jung, MK, Vargas, J, and Bonilla-Silva, E. The State of White Supremacy: Racims, Governance, and the USA. Stanford University Press, February 2011.

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

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

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

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Brookshire Childers, T. "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. January 1, 2014. 22-48.

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Ray, VE. "Getting over the obama hope hangover: The new racism in ‘post-racial’ America." Theories of Race and Ethnicity: Contemporary Debates and Perspectives. January 1, 2014. 57-73. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "“New racism,” Color-Blind racism, and the future of whiteness in America." White Out: The Continuing Significance of Racism. January 1, 2013. 271-284. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Ashe, A. "The End of Racism? Colorblind-Racism and Popular Media in Post-Civil Rights America." Colorblind Screen. Ed. S Nilsen and SE Turner. NYU Press, 2013. 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. Ed. M Bulmer and J 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. Ed. P Orelus. Lanham, CO: Rowman and Littlefield, 2011. 147-160.

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. Ed. J Stanfield. Left Coast Press, 2011. 95-122.

Bonilla-Silva, E. "¿Qué es el racismo?." Debates sobre ciudadanía y políticas raciales en las Américas Negras. Ed. C Mosquera. Colección CES, serie Idcarán del Centro de Estudios Sociales de la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas, 2011.

Bonilla-Silva, E. "La verdadera historia de la caza: hacia una sociología con consciencia de raza de la estratificación racial." Debates sobre ciudadanía y políticas raciales en las Américas Negras. Ed. C Mosquera. Colección CES, serie Idcarán del Centro de Estudios Sociales de la Facultad de Ciencias Humanas, 2011.


Bonilla-Silva, E. "Feeling Race: Theorizing the Racial Economy of Emotions." American Sociological Review 84.1 (February 1, 2019): 1-25. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "What We Were, What We Are, and What We Should Be: The Racial Problem of American Sociology." Social Problems 64.2 (January 1, 2017): 179-187. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "The Structure of Racism in Color-Blind, “Post-Racial” America." American Behavioral Scientist 59.11 (January 1, 2015): 1358-1376. Full Text

Golash-Boza, T, and Bonilla-Silva, E. "Rethinking race, racism, identity and ideology in Latin America." Ethnic and Racial Studies 36.10 (October 2013): 1485-1489. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "The last shall be first: Best books in the race field since 2000." Contemporary Sociology 42.1 (January 1, 2013): 31-40. (Review) Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "The invisible weight of whiteness: the racial grammar of everyday life in contemporary America." Ethnic and Racial Studies 35.2 (February 1, 2012): 173-194. Full Text

Bonilla-Silva, E. "Examining, Debating, and Ranting about the Obama Phenomenon: Introduction to Special Section on Obama." Political Power and Social Theory 22 (2012): 3-16.

Bonilla-Silva, E. "The Invisisble Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in America." Ethnic and Racial Studies 34.12 (2012).

Bonilla-Silva, E, and Dietrich, D. "The new racism: The racial regime of post-civil rights America." Studies in Critical Social Sciences 32 (January 1, 2011): 41-67.