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Enobong (Anna) Branch

University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Assistant Professor, Sociology


Enobong Hannah Branch is an Associate Professor of Sociology and the Chancellor’s Faculty Advisor for Diversity & Inclusive Excellence at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. Her research interests are in race, racism, and inequality; intersectional theory; work and occupations; and diversity in science. 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 is also the author of several articles published in the International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology; The Sociological Quarterly; Sociological Perspectives; Social Science History; Journal of Black Studies; and Race, Gender, & Class. Her current streams of research, both funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates rising employment insecurity in the post-industrial era through the lens of racial and gender inequality and implementing the CSforAll educational goals and aims within the context of existing educational inequality in urban school districts in Western Massachusetts.