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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

Inequality, Gender, Sexuality, Rural Sociology, Qualitative and Quantitative Methods, Public Health, Race/Ethnicity


Tony Silva is a postdoctoral fellow at Northwestern University. His research and teaching interests include inequality, gender, sexuality, rural sociology, qualitative and quantitative methods, public health, and race/ethnicity. Through qualitative interviews and secondary data analysis of nationally representative surveys, his research examines how social contexts and intersecting social locations affect how individuals identify and express their sexuality and gender. In particular he is interested in “mismatches” between identities and behaviors, and ways in which social contexts and inequalities shape this discordance. His published papers appear in Social Forces, Sociological Perspectives, Sexuality Research and Social Policy, Gender & Society, and Sexualities. His teaching experience includes Introduction to Research Methods, Quantitative Methods in Sociology, Social Inequality, Introduction to Sociology, “Sociology of Heterosexuality, Whiteness, and Masculinity,” Masculinities, and Sexuality and Society.

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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