|Born||April 21, 1969|
Washington, D.C., United States
|Education||University of Michigan (1991)|
Columbia University (2008)
|Occupation||Journalist, Writer, Teacher|
Featherstone was born in Washington, D.C. but grew up in Greater Boston. She graduated with honors from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1991 and graduated from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2008. Featherstone was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Business and Economics Journalism at Columbia for 2007-08. From 2013–2015 she held the Belle Zeller visiting chair in public policy at Brooklyn College. She currently teaches at NYU and Columbia's School of International Public Affairs.
Featherstone's writing has also appeared in Lingua Franca, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Left Business Observer, Dissent, Sydney Morning Herald, Columbia Journalism Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsday, In These Times, Ms., Salon.com, Nerve, Us, Nylon, and Rolling Stone.
Featherstone has also written several books. She is the author of Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation published by OR Books, a popular history of the focus group that also situates it in a political context and examines its relationship to democracy. Featherstone is also the co-author of Students Against Sweatshops: The Making of a Movement (2002). In 2004, she published Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart, a history of Dukes vs. Wal-Mart, the largest civil rights class-action suit in history.
- Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers' Rights at Wal-Mart (2002) ISBN 0-465-02315-0
- False Choices: The Faux Feminism of Hillary Rodham Clinton (2016) ISBN 1784784613
- Divining Desire: Focus Groups and the Culture of Consultation (2017) ISBN 978-1-682191-06-4