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.


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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