Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1939, Feigelman is a product of New York City public schools. Later, he completed his Bachelor's degree at City College of New York in 1961. Then, he took his Master of Arts in Sociology at Washington University, in St. Louis, Mo. and finally, the doctorate in Sociology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1987.
He has spent most of his forty-two year teaching career at Nassau Community College, Garden City, New York, where he presently is Professor of Sociology. Though he has taught most of the department's courses, now he usually offers classes in Introduction to Sociology and Social Problems. Over the duration of his career, Feigelman has pursued a wide range of research interests including: youth political protest, voyeurism, child adoptions, religious commitments, intergroup relations, youth drug abuse, tobacco use and cessation, gambling, suicide and suicide bereavement.
He has received research grant support from a variety of funding agents including the National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, the Research Foundation of the State University of New York and the California Department of Health Services. He is the author of seven books, more than 40 journal articles, countless book reviews and conference presentations. More recently he completed a revision of a book he wrote in the early 90's, entitled Hands On Sociology, with Professor Yih-Jin Young introducing the use of computers into the early undergraduate sociological curriculum for Allyn & Bacon Publishers, published in 2006. Presently he is collecting and analyzing survey data on the bereavement experiences of parents who sustained untimely losses of children to suicide and other causes of death. The present national survey is the largest ever of this population, with over 500 respondents.