Amanda Shih

Life Insurance Expert


Amanda Shih is an editor and licensed Life, Health, and Disability agent at Policygenius in New York City, specializing in life insurance cost and types of life insurance. She’s passionate about simplifying complex topics for everyday readers so that they can make informed decisions to protect the people and things that matter to them. Amanda has been writing about insurance since 2017, and has previously written for Jetty and LegalZoom. Before Policygenius, she spent nearly a decade editing NAACP Image Award-nominated and New York Times-bestselling nonfiction books for children and adults. She is also a proofreader, manuscript editor, and book publishing consultant.


  • Amanda has been quoted in Publisher’s Weekly and Bustle, and spoken at conferences hosted by the Highlights Foundation, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and The Author’s Guild.
  • Amanda is a licensed insurance agent (Life, Health, and Disability) in the state of New York (License number: 1671239).
  • Amanda has a B.A. in Literature and Media, Culture, and Communication from New York University, where she was copy chief and senior editor at Washington Square News, NYU's daily student newspaper.

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Latest by Amanda Shih

Life insurance rates by gender

Updated July 23, 2021

Life insurance vs. 401(k) for retirement savings

Updated July 22, 2021

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Life insurance for people with depression

Updated July 16, 2021

Dividend-paying whole life insurance

Updated July 14, 2021