Enobong Branch

Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch the Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst. Her research interests are in race, racism, and inequality; intersectional theory; work and occupations; and historical demography. Her book Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work provides an overview of the historical evolution of Black women’s work and the social-economic structures that have located them in particular and devalued places in the U.S. labor market. She is the author of several articles published in The Sociological Quarterly; Sociological Perspectives; Social Science History; Journal of Black Studies; and Race, Gender, & Class. Her current research investigates rising employment insecurity in the post-industrial era through the lens of racial and gender inequality.

Selected Publications:

  • Branch, Enobong Hannah, ed. 2016. Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the pipeline. Lexington Books.
  • Branch, Enobong Hannah and Caroline Hanley. 2014. “Upgraded to Bad Jobs: Low-wage Black Women’s Relative Status Since 1970.” The Sociological Quarterly 55(2): 366-395.
  • Branch, Enobong Hannah and Caroline Hanley. 2013. “Interrogating Claims of Progress for Black Women since 1970.” Journal of Black Studies 44(2): 203-226.
  • Melissa Wooten and Branch, Enobong Hannah. 2012.  “Defining Appropriate Labor: Race, Gender, and the Idealization of Black Women in Domestic Service.” Race, Gender, & Class 19(3-4): 292-308.
  • Branch, Enobong Hannah. 2011. Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.
Keywords:  African American women, Employment History, Sex discrimination against women, Discrimination in employment, Low-wage Earnings, Occupations, Black women, Economic restructuring, Region South