Enobong Hannah Branch

Associate Professor and Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch is 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.


PhD, Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY, 2007

Research Areas

Race, Racism, and Inequality; Intersectional Theory; Work and Occupations; Historical Demography; Evaluation and Applied Research

Selected Publications

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 Mary Larue Scherer. 2013. “Mapping the Intersections in the Resurgence of the Culture of Poverty.” Race, Gender, & Class 20(3–4):346–358.

Branch, Enobong Hannah and Caroline Hanley. 2013. “Interrogating Claims of Progress for Black Women since 1970.” Journal of Black Studies 44(2):203–226.

Wooten, Melissa, and Enobong Hannah Branch. 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 and Melissa Wooten. 2012. “Suited for Service: Racialized Rationalizations for the Ideal of the Domestic Servant from the Nineteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century.” Social Science History 36(2):169–189.

Branch, Enobong Hannah. 2011. Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.