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Activist Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Visiting UHD Jan. 29 - 31

Center for Critical Race Studies Hosting Scholar-in-Residence


By Mike Emery

Since its inception, the University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD) Center for Critical Race Studies (CCRS) has invited some of the leading voices on race, identity and culture to campus. This year, the Center continues this tradition by hosting noted sociologist and activist Dr. Eduardo Bonilla-Silva as 2019 Scholar in Residence.

Bonilla-Silva is a professor of sociology at Duke University and president of the American Sociological Association. He will visit UHD Jan. 29 – 31 for a series of lectures and discussions with the campus community.

Bonilla-Silva’s journey as a scholar began at the University of Puerto Rico. His initial academic activities were focused on political strife in his native Puerto Rico. After arriving in the United States, he became further engaged with topics related to race. Being both Latino and black, he began to explore his own identity and how it resonated with academic peers and others in the U.S.

Bonilla-Silva is author of the book “Racism Without Racists: Colorblind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in the United States." He also has written a number of journal articles including “What We Were, What We Are, and What We Should Be: The Racial Problem of American Sociology,” “The New Racism: The Racial Regime of Post-Civil Rights America,” and “The Invisible Weight of Whiteness: The Racial Grammar of Everyday Life in Contemporary America.”

“Dr. Bonilla-Silva has written some of the most important texts in critical race theory and plays a central in interrogating the concept of colorblindness in U.S. culture, institutions and policy,” said Dr. Vida Robertson, director of UHD’s Center for Critical Race Studies. “Hosting this renowned scholar offers UHD an extraordinary opportunity to promote the intersection of critical theory, institutional awareness and advocacy, the social sciences and the humanities.”

Bonilla-Silva holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held teaching positions at the University Michigan and Texas A&M University before joining the faculty at Duke University.

Previous CCRS Scholars-in-Residence have included Dr. Bettina L. Love in 2018, Dr. Tim Wise in 2017, Dr. Subramanian Shankar in 2016, Jimmy Santiago Baca in 2015 and Dr. Brittney Cooper in 2014.

A complete schedule of Bonilla-Silva’s activities at UHD is as follows:

Tuesday, Jan. 29
Administrator & Staff Development Seminar

9 a.m. – Milam/Travis Rooms

Student Activists & Community Leader Workshop (co-sponsored by Student Affairs)
11 a.m. – Milam/Travis Rooms


Wednesday, Jan. 30
Student Luncheon (co-sponsored by Center for Latino Studies)

11:30 a.m. – Academic Building, A300

Faculty Development Seminar (co-sponsored by Department of History, Humanities and Languages)
2:30 p.m. – Milam/Travis Rooms

Thursday, Jan. 31
Faculty Development Seminar (co-sponsored by Department of Social Sciences)

10 a.m. – Milam/Travis Rooms

Social Justice Engagement
3 p.m. – YES Prep Northbrook High School

Critical Race Studies Annual Lecture Series
6 p.m. – Wilhelmina Cullen Robertson Auditorium

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.