An interview with Robin Brooks, professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. The interview focuses on Professor Brooks' teaching and research, and the perspectives they provide on the crises of 2020. Dr. Brooks' essay on RIP Shirts in the journal Biography can be found here: muse.jhu.edu/issue/40025. A Washington Post article that draws on that research is here: www.washingtonpost.com/business/2019…peace-shirts/. Links to other research can be found on Dr. Brooks' website, here: drrobinbrooks.com/.