Enobong Hannah Branch

Associate Professor and Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion

Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch is a Professor of Sociology. Her book Opportunity Denied: Limiting Black Women to Devalued Work (2011) 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 also the editor of Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline (2016) which outlines the inadequacy of the pipeline metaphor in understanding the challenges of entry and persistence in science and offers an alternative model that better articulates the ideas of agency, constraint, and variability along the path to scientific careers for women. Dr. Branch has authored several articles and book chapters that explore the historical roots and contemporary underpinnings of inequality. Her current streams of research investigates rising employment insecurity in the post-industrial era through the lens of racial and gender inequality and challenges to implementing the “Computer Science for All” educational goals and aims within the context of existing educational inequality in Springfield, Massachusetts.


PhD, Sociology, University at Albany, SUNY, 2007

Research Areas

Race, Racism, and Inequality; Intersectional Theory; Work and Occupations; Diversity in Science, Evaluation and Applied Research

Selected Publications

Branch, Enobong Hannah and Christina Jackson. Forthcoming 2019. Black in America: The Paradox of the Color Line. London: Polity Press.

Branch, Enobong Hannah. 2018. “Racism, Sexism, and the Constraints on Black Women’s Labor in 1920. Research in the Sociology of Work 32: 91-112.

Branch, Enobong Hannah and Caroline Hanley. 2017. A Racial-Gender Lens on Precarious Nonstandard Employment. Research in the Sociology of Work 31: 183-213.

Branch, Enobong Hannah. 2016. “Racialized Family Ideals: Breadwinning, Domesticity, and the Negotiation of Insecurity.” Pp. 179-201 in Beyond the Cubicle: Insecurity Culture and the Flexible Self, Allison Pugh, editor. New York: Oxford University Press.

Branch, Enobong Hannah (ed.). 2016. Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Alegria, Sharla and Enobong Hannah Branch. 2015. “Causes and Consequences of Inequality in the STEM: Diversity and its Discontents.” International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology 7(3): 321-342.