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Francisca Oyogoa


Francisca Oyogoa

Sociology and African American Studies
Division: Social Studies
Appointment: 2009

Hall College Center



PhD, Sociology, University of Massachusetts
MA, Sociology, University of Massachusetts
BA, History, Sociology, and Africana Studies, Bowdoin College

Professional History:

Senior Research Analyst - Hartford Courant Newspaper (2000-2002)
I was responsible for designing and managing the implementation of both quantitative and qualitative research projects. This job required that I determine appropriate budgets for primary research projects, analyze the data gathered, and present the results from these primary research studies to the Hartford Courant Executive Committee and the Advertising/Marketing department.

Project Manager - Pert Survey Research (1998-2000)
My responsibilities included working with corporate clients to design survey instruments, determine appropriate sampling techniques, overseeing the data-gathering process, tabulating and coding the data, and writing comprehensive research reports on the results and implications of research projects.

Areas of Interest:

My current research focuses on the casual factors for the continued marginalization of black workers after Emancipation. The period between 1865 and 1964, and that experience, has been central to the ways academic scholars have thought about black workers and U.S. workplace race relations. Furthermore, the marginalization of black workers during this era had profound consequences for the material well-being of black families and communities for decades afterwards.

In recent years, labor historians have rightfully devoted considerable attention to the role of white workers' racism in marginalizing black workers. Overall, this literature demonstrates that racial ideology shapes perceived class interests. Historical sociologists and economists on the other hand have focused on the role of employers in dividing the working class along racial lines. This literature theorizes employers primarily in terms of their material interests.

I argue that it is important to recognize that employers, like workers, were not driven simply by material interest; rather their actions were often guided by their ideologies and deep seated beliefs and prejudices. My argument that employers' racial and gender ideology was a significant causal factor in black workers' marginalization is developed through a historical analysis of the Pullman Railroad Company archives.

Publications/Book Chapters/Exhibitions/Performances

  • Review (co-authored with Dan Clawson) of "Reworking Race: Hawaii's Interracial Labor Movement" by Moon-Kie Jung, Industrial and Labor Relations Review April 2007, pp. 438-39.
  • "Do employers have a race? Employers' racial ideology and the marginalization of black male workers in the Pullman Company 1858--1969"
  • "Conquered then Divided: Inter-National Working Class Solidarity on Vacation Cruise Ships". Conference Presentation at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.
  • "Bringing Employers Back In: Employers' Utilization of Race-Gender Ideology in Industrial and Service Labor 1890-1960". Conference Presentation at American Sociological Association Annual Meeting.


  • Bard College at Simon's Rock - Consortium for Faculty Diversity Pre-doctoral Fellowship.
  • American Philosophical Society - John Hope Franklin Fellowship.
  • Social Science Research Council - Dissertation Improvement Grant.
  • University of Massachusetts - Research Assistantship Award by the Graduate School.
  • University of Massachusetts - Department of Sociology Professional Development Grant.