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Tony Silva

Postdoctoral Fellow, Joint Appointment in the Sociology Department and the Program of Gender and Sexuality Studies

Area(s) of Interest

Sexuality, Gender, Rural Sociology, Qualitative & Quantitative Methods, Race & Ethnicity


Tony Silva is a postdoctoral scholar at Northwestern University. His research and teaching interests include gender, sexuality, rural sociology, qualitative and quantitative methods, and race/ethnicity. His research examines how individuals negotiate and understand social categories that—while often perceived as natural—are actually affected by social context. Specifically, he examines gender and sexual identities, including their intersections with race and place, and investigates diversity within them. As a mixed-methods researcher, he conducts research using interviews and secondary data analysis of nationally representative surveys. He is currently preparing a book manuscript using data from his interviews with rural straight men who have sex with men. His published papers appear in Social Forces, Sociological Perspectives, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Gender & Society, and Sexualities. His teaching experience includes the following courses: Sociology of Heterosexuality, Whiteness, and Masculinity; Social Inequality; Introduction to Sociology; Research Methods; and Quantitative Methods.

Courses taught

SOCIOL 376/GSS 331: Masculinities Syllabus

Sociology of Heterosexuality, Whiteness, and Masculinity

Other teaching experience: Social Inequality; Introduction to Sociology; Research Methods; Quantitative Methods


Silva, Tony J. 2018. “Straight Identity and Same-Sex Desire: Conservatism, Homophobia, and Straight Culture.” Social Forces.

Silva, Tony J. 2017. “Bud-Sex: Constructing Normative Masculinity Among Rural Straight Men That Have Sex With Men.” Gender & Society 31(1): 51-73.
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