Michael Parenti "has won awards from Project Censored, the Caucus for a New Political Science, the city of Santa Cruz, New Jersey Peace Action, the Social Science Research Council, the Society for Religion in Higher Education, and other organizations. In 2007 he was awarded a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from U.S. Representative Barbara Lee.
"During his earlier teaching career he received grants or fellowships from the Louis Rabinowitz Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Brown University, Yale University, State University of New York, and the University of Illinois. For several years he was a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington, D.C.
"He now serves on the board of judges for Project Censored, and on the advisory boards of Independent Progressive Politics Network, Education Without Borders, and the Jasenovic Foundation; as well as the advisory editorial boards of New Political Science and Nature, Society and Thought." 
His son is Christian Parenti.
In 2003 Parenti published an article titled "Friendly Feudalism: The Tibet Myth". The article was reviewed positively by Thomas Riggins for Political Affairs, and in April 2008 was critiqued by Joshua Michael Schrei. For a brief discussion between Parenti and Schrei that took place in 2003, see here.
- Carl Boggs,"Reflections on Politics and Academia: An Interview with Michael Parenti", New Political Science, July 14, 2012.