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