Glenn Feldman holds five degrees, including a Ph.D. in History. He graduated summa cum laude in less than three years from Birmingham-Southern College (B.A., 1983), with a double-major in Economics and Political Science. At BSC he was named the Top Graduating Student in the Business School and awarded the Gersteng Award. In 1986 Feldman earned an M.A. in Political Science at Vanderbilt University, where he was named a University Fellow. Feldman married the former Jean Leigh Reed in 1987 and taught 5th, 6th, and 8th grades in Social Studies, Government, Algebra, and Science for three years at The Altamont School and Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School. In 1989 he graduated summa cum laude again from Birmingham-Southern College, this time with a B.S. in Secondary Education with a concentration in Economics, Political Science, and History. He earned an M.A. in History at Auburn University in 1992, where he had a 4.0 average, was named by the faculty as one of the university's Top 10 Master's Students, and saw his M.A. thesis published as a book. In 1996 Feldman graduated from Auburn with a Ph.D. in History, and another 4.0 average. He was named The Top Student in the Graduate School out of 3,500+ students by the Auburn University Graduate Faculty Council.
In September 1996 Feldman began work as an assistant professor at the Center for Labor Education and Research (CLEAR) in the School of Business at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He was tenured in the School of Business and promoted to associate professor in 2002. He was promoted to full professor in 2008. On January 1, 2006 Feldman was appointed Interim or Acting Director of CLEAR. Later that year he became the fourth Director in CLEAR's history. In addition to his duties at CLEAR, he also regularly taught a senior-level class in Economic History, and a Business Ethics class in the MBA Program in the School of Business. He served as an administrator in the UAB School of Business for three-and-a-half years, until June 1, 2009. Once UAB decided to close down CLEAR, Feldman oversaw the successful transition of the labor center, its 19 employees, and its subsidiary Workplace Safety Training (WST) program and its $3 million NIEHS federal grant to Jefferson State Community College. Feldman remained in the School of Business at UAB where he taught Economics. On January 1, 2011 he was transferred to the College of Arts & Sciences at UAB as a full professor with tenure. On November 1, 2012 he was transferred to the Department of History in the College of Art & Sciences as a full professor with tenure.
Feldman is the author or editor of 8 books of original, blind, peer-reviewed scholarship. To date he has also published 147 articles and reviews, including 37 blind, peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Virtually all of his work is sole-authored. Feldman’s scholarship is recognized internationally. He has been interviewed by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Scripps-Howard, the BBC, The Guardian (of London), NPR, PBS, CBS Radio, Salon.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and over 40 other media outlets. Feldman's research focuses on the U.S. and the U.S. South--especially its politics, economics, race relations, religion, class, historiography, civil rights, business history, labor-management relations, culture, political economy, and power—and how the above inter-relate. He sits on a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) board on “Thinking About Race Critically” project and co-edits The Modern South book series for The University of Alabama Press. He is also Past President and member of the Executive Board of the UAB Chapter of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), which he took the lead in re-founding at UAB in 2009. Feldman's mother is a native of Lima, Peru, who traces her roots to Burgos and San Sebastian in the north of Spain; his father is a Brooklyn Jew. He was raised Catholic and he and his family are active at All Saints Episcopal Church in Homewood. Feldman was born in Birmingham, Alabama and is a lifelong resident of Homewood, where he attended Catholic parochial and the city’s public schools.