My name is Shakti Castro and wiselatinamedia.com is the place to connect with me and my work.
I am a writer, activist, and community historian. A Bronx-born Boricua, my work is focused on oral and public history, the Puerto Rican Diaspora, New York City, and transnational identity. I love literature and film, and Beyoncé (I really, really love Beyoncé). I am quite a prolific tweeter.
I’m currently an MA candidate in 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 grad school. My work at Centro involved a great deal of work on oral history, and here at UMass I am continuing that work and adding to it. My hope is to become a culturally competent museum professional, and to contextualize Puerto Rican history as an important part of American history as a whole. As well as being a researcher and oral historian, I’ve contributed writing and done some editing for the online magazines La Respuesta and Warscapes.
I wholeheartedly believe in community. If you are interested in any of the work I’ve done, and/or are interested in connecting with other academics, writers, and activists in these fields, just shoot me an email. I believe as intellectuals (both inside and outside of the academy) invested in marginalized histories, it’s particularly important that we help each other whenever possible.
#wiselatinahustle is my hashtag, and what I use to connote work I’m doing to pursue my goals of being a Puerto Rican academic, and an academic for Puerto Ricans. Also, while my interests lie heavily in cultural archiving and community organizing within the Puerto Rican Diaspora, I’m very glad to connect with other Latinos, Black folks, and other members of marginalized communities. None of this work exists in a vacuum, and solidarity is vital.