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Anna Branch
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Branch onstage at Supercomputing '23
BornThe Bronx, New York City
💼 Occupation
TitleSenior Vice President for Equity
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Enobong Hannah "Anna" Branch is an American sociologist, author, speaker, and advocate for equity and inclusion, serving as the Senior Vice President for Equity and on the faculty of Rutgers University.

Early life[edit]

Branch attended a Christian, "high-achieving private school that was almost exclusively Black and brown", founded by her Nigerian father.[1] As a third-year biology student at historically black Howard University, she originally intended to study medicine, but seeing the struggles of her high school caused her to change her mind and focus on education instead.[1]


At University of Massachusetts Amherst Branch started as a postdoctoral fellow and became a assistant professor of sociology in 2008.[2] While an associate professor of sociology, she was named by then-Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy to serve as his faculty advisor for diversity and excellence, later rising to become Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.[2][3] She was the principal investigator on a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to use "collaboration as a tool for fostering equity for women in science and engineering fields".[4]

Leaving for Rutgers University in 2019, she was named the vice chancellor for diversity, inclusion, and community engagement by president Jonathan Holloway, and is now the senior vice president for equity.[5][6][7] In 2019 she and co-principal investigator Michelle Stephens, also of Rutgers's Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, received a $725K grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for "Black Bodies, Black Health: Imagining a Just Racial Future".[8]


Branch is the chair of the Leadership Committee for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Action Collaborative and serves on the External Advisory Board of Boston University's ARROWS program.[9][10] She gave the 2023/2024 Women, Science, and Technology (WST) Distinguished Lecture at Georgia Tech, honoring "outstanding contributors to understandings of, and positive impact for, women, science, and technology."[11]

Personal life[edit]

The Bronx native Branch has two daughters.[5][1] Her husband was a chief product officer for an AI startup as of 2020.[1]

Selected Works[edit]

  • Branch, Enobong Hannah (2011). Opportunity denied: limiting Black women to devalued work. New Brunswick, N.J: Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0813551234. Search this book on
  • Branch, Enobong Hannah, ed. (16 May 2016). Pathways, Potholes, and the Persistence of Women in Science: Reconsidering the Pipeline. Lexington Books. ISBN 149851636X. Retrieved 15 November 2023. Search this book on
  • Branch, Enobong Hannah (2007). "The Creation of Restricted Opportunity due to the Intersection of Race & Sex: Black Women in the Bottom Class". Race, Gender & Class. 14 (3/4): 247–264. ISSN 1082-8354. Retrieved 14 November 2023.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Intrabartola, Lisa (19 November 2020). "Drive to Advance Equity Guides Anna Branch in Her New Role at Rutgers". Rutgers University. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Anna Branch Named Faculty Advisor to the Chancellor for Diversity and Excellence". University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  3. "Branch Named Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion". University of Massachusetts Amherst. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  4. "UMass Amherst Awarded $3 Million by National Science Foundation to Foster Gender Equity and Inclusion in STEM Fields". University of Massachusetts Amherst. 19 September 2018. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Donyéa, Tennyson (7 December 2020). "Rutgers hires its 1st ever VP of Equity, asks her to make university more inclusive". Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  6. "Associate Chancellor Anna Branch Accepts Position at Rutgers". University of Massachusetts Amherst. 2 May 2019. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  7. "Meet the Senior Vice President". Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  8. "Black Bodies, Black Health: Imagining a Just Racial Future". foo. 9 March 2022. Retrieved 14 November 2023.
  9. "2023 Public Summit - Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment In Higher Education". National Academy of Sciences. 17 October 2023. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  10. "People | ARROWS: Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM". Boston University. Retrieved 15 November 2023.
  11. "WST Distinguished Lecture". Georgia Tech. Retrieved 15 November 2023.

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