My name is Shakti Castro, welcome to the #wiselatinahustle!
I’m a PhD student in History at Columbia University. My work explores the history of the long opioid epidemic within New York City’s Puerto Rican and Latino communities, with a focus on the role Puerto Ricans and Latinos have played in harm reduction and drug policy reform In Summer 2017 I received a competitive graduate fellowship through the Smithsonian Latino Center and spent 6 weeks working in the MedSci division of the National Museum of American History. Prior to my graduate training, I worked as an oral historian and research assistant at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at CUNY, conducting over 30 oral history interviews. I hold a BA in English Literature and Media Studies from Hunter College, CUNY, and an MA in History with a certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
My writing has appeared in La Respuesta, Warscapes, LatinoRebels, Public History News, and the Women in Higher Education newsletter. I have given talks at the CUNY Graduate Center, Binghamton University, conferences for the Puerto Rican Studies and Oral History Associations and the Drug Policy Alliance.
I am 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 me here.