Shannon Luders-Manuel holds an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been researching and writing the biracial experience for over 10 years, and in 2015, her For Harriet article “What It Means to be Mixed Race During the Fight for Black Lives” was shared over 38,000 times on Facebook. Her other works include an essay in Teaching Tolerance which was later published in the Pearson textbook Diversity Consciousness; a Master’s thesis on the “tragic mulatta” narrative for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; and articles for online magazines, including the New York Times, Essence.com, The Establishment, The Influence and JSTOR Daily. Shannon presented her thesis at the 2012 Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference at DePaul University, and she was a featured writer at the 2014 Mixed Remixed Festival in Los Angeles for an in-progress memoir about her father.
Shannon recently published an Educators’ Guide to accompany the anthology Being Biracial: Where Our Secret Worlds Collide. She also moderates “The Topaz Club,” a Facebook-based sisterhood for biracial/multiracial women of African/African-American descent who are mixed with other heritages.
In addition to writing the mixed race experience, Shannon has had the honor of interviewing influential people for profile articles, including Olympic open-water swimmer Lynne Cox, and filmmaker and YoungArts winner Gabrielle Gorman.
Shannon lives in Hollywood with her cat Scooter.