Shannon Weber is a Boston-based (and bicoastal) freelance writer and researcher. She is the author of Feminism in Minutes (Quercus Books, 2019) and is a contributing author to The Feminism Book (DK, 2019). She's also a content writer at The Body Is Not An Apology.
Shannon's freelance work has appeared in AlterNet, Bitch Media, Everyday Feminism, Fodor's Travel, Patheos Pagan, Teen Vogue, and more. In her former life she was a gender studies professor, where she taught at some of the finest colleges and universities in the US, including Tufts University, Brandeis University, Northeastern University, and Wellesley College. She holds a Ph.D in Feminist Studies from the University of California and a Bachelor of Arts (high honors) from Mount Holyoke College.
As a researcher, Shannon's scholarship has been published in top peer-reviewed academic journals, a Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology, and progressive think tank Political Research Associates' quarterly publication The Public Eye. An expert on feminism, gender, and sexuality, she has appeared in a variety of media outlets, including Boston NPR affiliate WGBH.
Born in Los Angeles, Shannon spent most of her childhood in the Inland Northwest, where she grew up in a working-class home. She has been writing poetry, songs, and novels since elementary school. Living for over a decade in a majority-white, evangelical Christian, Republican region known for white supremacist groups taught her many early lessons about oppression, but it also politicized her from a young age and pushed her to pursue her wildest dreams. Subsequently, she was the first in her family to attend a four-year college. She is currently writing a memoir about these experiences.
Shannon lives with her partner of five years, her precious dog daughter Francesca, and her posh cat child Olivia. When she's not writing or being disturbed by the daily news, Shannon enjoys traveling, tarot, the sea, chocolate, and Halloween season. She's (defiantly?) proud to be part of the simultaneously most educated and financially screwed generation yet.