Screenshot_2017-10-26-23-38-45-1Shakti is a writer, activist, and community historian working at the intersections of public health, urban history, and Latinx studies. Her most recent research explores the history of opioid addiction, harm reduction, and drug policy reform within New York City’s Puerto Rican and Latinx communities. Shakti works as a public historian – harm reductionist, utilizing her training in public history and museums to inform her work within the field of harm reduction. She is the Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator at BOOM!Health (formerly Citiwide Harm Reduction). She has previously done research as a graduate fellow at the Smithsonian, and spent several years conducting research and oral history interviews at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies. She holds a B.A. in English literature and Media Studies from Hunter College and a Master’s in History with a certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Shakti is available for public speaking engagements and consulting work on inclusive public history projects and exhibitions related to Puerto Rican & Latinx studies, New York City history, and harm reduction. Contact her here.



One response to “About

  1. Hello Shakti,

    Based on who I follow on Twitter, Twitter recommended I follow you as well.
    I am a Boricua-Dominicana mix, born in Manhattan and raised in Queens. When I attended Hunter College I got to learn about and frequent el Centro and it was at Hunter where I took Latina feminism classes and Puerto Rican and Dominican cultural identity ones as well.
    I’m a mother of 2 and write when I can. Like you, I believe in community and in connecting with other like-minded individuals (and not so like-minded too!) Thank you for the opportunity to comment and introduce ourselves here, feel free to contact me, take care!
    Tennille Astor

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