I conduct research using qualitative interviews and nationally representative surveys. My current projects fall into two main areas.
First are projects that investigate how individuals understand their sexuality and gender, particularly when there is behavior-identity discordance. One example of this is my book, Still Straight: Sexual Flexibility among White Men in Rural America.
Second are those that explore the demographic characteristics of adults in romantic partnerships with large age gaps, as well as the identities associated with these partnerships.
Silva, Tony. 2021. Still Straight: Sexual Flexibility among White Men in Rural America. New York: NYU Press. https://nyupress.org/9781479801107/still-straight/.
Silva, Tony. 2021. “Masculinity Attitudes Across Rural, Suburban, and Urban Areas in the United States.” Men and Masculinities.
Silva, Tony J. and Clare R. Evans. 2020. “How Do Adolescent Social Determinants and Social Contexts Shape Adult Sexual Identification?” Social Problems. Online first. https://academic.oup.com/socpro/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/socpro/spaa074/6043198.
Silva, Tony J. and Clare R. Evans. 2020. “Sexual Identification in the United States at the Intersections of Gender, Race/Ethnicity, Immigration, and Education.” Sex Roles 83(11-12): 722-738. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11199-020-01145-x.
Silva, Tony J. 2019. “‘Daddies,’ ‘Cougars,’ and Their Partners Past Midlife: Gender Attitudes and Relationship and Sexual Wellbeing among Older Adults in Age-Heterogenous Partnerships.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2378023119869452.
Silva, Tony J. 2019. “Straight Identity and Same-Sex Desire: Conservatism, Homophobia, and Straight Culture.” Social Forces 97(3): 1067-1094. https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soy064.
Silva, Tony J. 2017. “Bud-Sex: Constructing Normative Masculinity Among Rural Straight Men That Have Sex With Men.” Gender & Society 31(1): 51-73.