IMG_12091-1My name is Shakti Castro and I’m on the #wiselatinahustle. That means I am on a continued quest to better understand the history of Latinx communities in the United States. As a historian, it is my goal to interpret those histories within museum settings and publications. I am a scholar-activist with over five years of experience in the field of public history as a writer, editor, researcher and oral historian.  A Bronx-born Boricua, my work is focused on oral and public history, Latinx communities, and post-World War II urban history and transnational identity.

I am a graduate of the Public History program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After working at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies for four years, I decided to hone my skills as a researcher and public historian in graduate school. My work at Centro involved a great deal of work on oral history, and at UMass I was able to continue and expand that work with the newly created UMass Oral History Lab. In addition to my work with the Oral History Lab, I spent a summer at Wistariahurst Museum in Holyoke, MA creating an oral history project to document the life of activist Carlos Vega and the history of the Puerto Rican community in Western Massachusetts. In Summer 2017, I will complete a 5-week fellowship at the Smithsonian Latino Center doing research around health and healing in Latinx communities.

In addition to my work as a public and oral historian, my writing has appeared in several publications, including the online magazines  La Respuesta and Warscapes.

If you’re in need of a well-rounded public historian for exhibit work, writing, or research, please reach out.


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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