Layla Brown-Vincent is an Assistant Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston where she teaches courses on Blackness in Latin America, Black/Africana Feminisms, Global Left Social Movements, and the African Diaspora more broadly. Layla was trained as a Cultural Anthropologist but practices an interdisciplinary Pan-African Feminist scholarship and activism and also self-identifies as a “movement baby”. Her interest lies in producing scholarship committed to life, liberation and dignity for all peoples, most especially for formerly colonized/enslaved peoples of African descent. As a Visiting Research Fellow at Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study she is completing her first book manuscript, Return to the Source: The Dialectics of 21st Century Pan-African Liberation. In addition to completing her first book manuscript Layla will begin research for a new project provisionally titled, The Pandemic of Racial Capitalism: A Better World is Possible juxtaposing the neoliberal technologies of the disposability of life at play in the handling of COVID-19 in the US and Brazil alongside the socialist logic of the preservation of life at play in the cases of Venezuela and Cuba in order to explore the alternative world making that becomes possible through Pan-African thought, theory, and praxis.