Federici is Emerita Professor of Political Philosophy and International Studies at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. In 1972 she was among the founders of the International Feminist Collective, the organization that launched the Campaign for Wages for Housework in the United States and abroad. She has also been active in the anti-globalization and the anti–death penalty movements and was a founding member of the Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa, which for more than a decade documented the struggle of African students against the austerity programs imposed by the IMF and the World Bank on their countries.
She is the author of many essays on political philosophy, feminist theory, cultural studies, and education. Among her published works are The New York Wages for Housework Committee: Theory, History, Documents 1972–1977 (2017), coedited with Arlen Austin; Revolution at Point Zero: Housework, Reproduction, and Feminist Struggle (2012); and Caliban and the Witch: Women, the Body and Primitive Accumulation (2004).
The annual Schocket Memorial Lecture on Class and Culture was established to honor the memory of Professor Eric Schocket and to further the field to which he was devoted. For ten years, from 1996 until his death from leukemia, in September 2006, Schocket was an active and much-loved member of the Hampshire College community. A nationally prominent scholar of American literature – his first book, Vanishing Moments: Class and American Literature, was published in 2006 – he wrote primarily on issues of class consciousness and social stratification in America, as seen through and changed by the powerful lens of literature.