Feder obtained his B.A. in anthropology in 1973 from the State University of New York at Stonybrook. He obtained his M.A. in anthropology in 1975 from the University of Connecticut and his Ph.D. from the same institution in 1982. He has taught in the Department of Anthropology at Central Connecticut State University since 1977 where he is a full professor.
His primary research interests include the archaeology of the native peoples of New England and the analysis of public perceptions about the human past. He is the founder and director of the Farmington River Archaeological Project, a long-term investigation of the prehistory of the Farmington River Valley. He is the author and co-author of several books including: A Village of Outcasts: Historical Archaeology and Documentary Research at the Lighthouse Site (Mayfield Publishing, 2004); Human Antiquity: An Introduction to Physical Anthropology and Archaeology (with Michael Park; now in its fifth edition; McGraw-Hill, 2007); Frauds, Myths, and Mysteries: Science and Pseudoscience in Archaeology (about to appear in its eight edition; McGraw-Hill, 2013); The Past In Perspective: An Introduction to Human Prehistory (about to appear in its sixth edition; Oxford University Press, 2014); Linking to the Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology (now in its second edition; Oxford University Press, 2008); and the Encyclopedia of Dubious Archaeology (Greenwood, 2010). He has appeared as a talking head on numerous cable documentaries (the National Geographic Channel, the History Channel,the Discovery Channel, and others) focused on the human past. When documentary producers need a beacon of sanity in a sea of madness on the topics of the Lost Continent of Atlantis and ancient astronauts, Feder is the man.
Feder’s courses include:
ANth 150: Introduction to Archaeology
Anth 151: Archaeology Laboratory
Anth 210: The Ancient World
Anth 215: Before History
Anth 318: New England Prehistory
Anth 330: North American Prehistory
Anth 329: Experimental Archaeology
Anth 375: Anthropological Data Analysis
Anth 450: Archaeology Field school
Feder was the co-recipient of the first CCSU Excellence in Teaching Award.