Shakti 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.