Dr. Michael P. Federici is Professor of Political Science at Mercyhurst University. He currently serves as department chair. He is in his twenty-third year of college teaching. He received his Ph.D. in Politics from The Catholic University of American in Washington, D.C. (1990), his M.A. from CUA in 1985, and his B.S. in Economics from Elizabethtown College in 1983. Dr. Federici has published two books, The Challenge of Populism (1991) and Eric Voegelin: The Restoration of Order (2002) and several articles and book reviews. He has a forthcoming book, an edited volume of Orestes Brownson’s political writings (ISI Books), due out in 2013. His latest books are The Political Philosophy of Alexander Hamilton, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2012 and an edited volume, Rethinking the Teaching of American History, published by Butler Books in 2012.
Dr. Federici’s teaching and research areas include American Government, Constitutional Law, Civil Liberties, Political Theory, and American Political Thought. He has taught American Government for the Junior Statesmen Foundation Summer School at Yale University and Georgetown University. In 1993 he won the Joseph Friedl Award at Concord College that is given to the professor who “Exemplifies the true essence of the college professor” and he won the “Distinguished Teaching Award” at Mercyhurst College in 2004. Dr. Federici participated in a debate January 29, 2008 at Georgetown University sponsored by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute and the Tocqueville Forum on America: Empire or Republic. He also gave lectures at Notre Dame Law School on Russel Kirk and Constitutionalism in April 2008 and Berkeley University in June 2010 on The Global and Local Community. Dr. Federici taught for Mercyhurst College in Dungarvan, Ireland during the spring 2010 term.
He is president of the Mercyhurst University Faculty Senate and serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. He previously served as Faculty Senate president from 2007-2009. He was recently appointed to the Editorial Board of the journal Humanitas and to the Board of Directors of The Academy of Philosophy and Letters. In August 2002, he was one of a select group of American scholars invited to deliver a paper during the Chinese Comparative Literature Association’s Conference in Nanjing, China. In 1993 Dr. Federici participated in a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on Thomas Jefferson that was held at The University of Virginia and The College of William and Mary. He was a Distinguished Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council. In 2004 he wrote a winning grant application to the U.S. Department of Education for a $984,920 three-year grant from the Teaching American History Program for the Corry Area School District. In 2005 he wrote another successful TAHG for the Erie City School District for $499,736. He served as the Project Director for both grants. Professor Federici has been interviewed for local and national media including WJET TV, WICU TV, WSEE TV, C-SPAN, WQLN Radio, WJET Radio, WNYC Radio, WBEN Radio (Buffalo), The Erie Times News, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and CQ Weekly. Dr. Federici is originally from Denville, New Jersey. He is married to Frances, his wife of 22 years. They have two daughters, Elizabeth and Amy.