Frederick Opie

Professor

Academic Division: History & Society

Bio

I am a Professor of History and Foodways and the author of several books, a blog, and I host a related podcast. You can find my work at FredOpie.com. My courses examine history through the lens of food. My newest classes developed in 2017 are Food and Civil Rights and Food and Politics. I offer an upper level seminar on Race and Ethnicity in Latin America which explores questions such as: What does it mean to be Black or Indian or white in Latin America?; and How has the explosive growth of export-oriented economies transformed race relations in Latin America? I use a variety of theoretical and inner-disciplinary approaches and case studies in my courses. In my course African History and Foodways students learn about movements and events that have shaped Africa from the 1400s to the present. We cover African culinary contributions to the world; African political institutions, gender, religion, colonization and independence movements. Courses equip students to do quality research, writing, and presentations.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
  • BS, Syracuse University

Academic Interests

Food Traditions; Social Movements; Student Athletes ages 14 to 24

Awards & Honors

  • 2012 - Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, Harvard University
  • 2011 - C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, Frederick Douglass Fellowship, Washington College

Courses

Degree Courses 2016-2017

  • CVA 2002: AFR AMERICAN HISTORY AND FOODWAYS
  • CVA 2090: FOOD AND THE AFRICAN AMER CANON
  • HIS 4640: FOOD AND CIVIL RIGHTS
  • HSS 2019: A HISTORY OF FOOD AND ELECTION CAMPAIGNS

Degree Courses 2015-2016

  • AHS 1000: HONORS AHS FOUNDATION
  • HSS 2032: AFRICAN HISTORY AND FOODWAYS (HIS)

Publications

Books

  • Opie, F.D. (2017). START WITH YOUR GIFT: UNDERSTAND AND MONETIZE IT WHILE SERVING OTHERS WITH IT. Natick, Massachusetts: Opie Publishing link
  • Opie, F.D. (2017). Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution . Charleston, South Carolina: American Palate link
  • Opie, F.D. (2015). Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies, and Simple Pleasures. South Carolina: The History Press link
  • Opie, F.D. (2014). Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office. New York, NY: Columbia University Press
  • Opie, F.D. (2009). Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923: University of Florida Press

Articles

  • Opie, F.D. (2015, September) “Zora Neale Hurston on Floridian Food and Culture” ., pp. 15. Ann Arbor: Repast, The Quarterly Publication of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor. link

Book Chapters

  • Opie, F.D. (2014). Influence, Sources, and African Diaspora Foodways . In Paul Freedman, Joyce E. Chaplin and Ken Albala (Ed.), Food in Time and Place: The American Historical Association Companion to Food History. Oakland, CA: University of California Press
  • Opie, F.D. (2012). Alcohol and Lowdown Culture in Caribbean Guatemala and Honduras, 1898-1922. In David Carey Jr. (Ed.), Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History. Gainesville, FL: The University of Florida Press
  • Opie, F.D. (2016). “Clifford Bourne” . Oxford Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American BiographyNew York: Oxford Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography link

Presentations

  • “The Sandwich Brigade and the 1963 March on Washington”
    Opie, F. “The Sandwich Brigade and the 1963 March on Washington” Boston Public Library Lecture Series, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, (2017)
  • "Sustenance in the Struggle for Freedom"
    Opie, F. "Sustenance in the Struggle for Freedom" Lecture, Atlanta, Georgia (2017)
  • “Afro Pacific Foodways: From Africa to America”
    Opie, F. “Afro Pacific Foodways: From Africa to America” Lecture Series, Evanston, Illinois (2017)
  • Center for the Study of Culture Race & Ethnicity Beyond Community Discussion Series
    Opie, F. Center for the Study of Culture Race & Ethnicity Beyond Community Discussion Series Beyond Community Discussion Series, Ithaca College (2016)
  • Food Justice, Race + Design Panel
    Opie, F. Food Justice, Race + Design Panel Black and Design Conference , Cambridge, Massachusetts (2015)
  • “Zora Neale Hurston’s Work on Food-Based Prescriptions for Illnesses: A History”
    Opie, F. “Zora Neale Hurston’s Work on Food-Based Prescriptions for Illnesses: A History” Book Event, Manhattan, NY (2015)
  • “The Culinary World of a Literary Icon: Zora Neale Hurston,”
    Opie, F. “The Culinary World of a Literary Icon: Zora Neale Hurston,” October Meeting , Brooklyn (2015)
  • “Earthenware: A History of Table Traditions and Related Recipes”
    Opie, F. “Earthenware: A History of Table Traditions and Related Recipes” Annual Meeting , Rhode Island (2015)
  • Panel Discussion, I contributed remarks on molasses history
    Opie, F. Panel Discussion, I contributed remarks on molasses history "The African American Experience: Nourishing The Soul Through Music and Food", Boston (2015)
  • Black and Latino Coalitions, the 1960s to Today
    Opie, F. Black and Latino Coalitions, the 1960s to Today Boston University, Boston, MA (2014)
  • Atlantic World Foodways Through the Lens of Zora Neale Hurston
    Opie, F. Atlantic World Foodways Through the Lens of Zora Neale Hurston Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy and Spain, Greensboro, NC (2014)
  • Gender, Food and Culture in American History
    Opie, F. Gender, Food and Culture in American History Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2013)
  • Stumping and Eating: Latino Voters and the Role of Food in 2012 Race to the White House
    Opie, F. Stumping and Eating: Latino Voters and the Role of Food in 2012 Race to the White House University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2012)
  • Ethnic Borderlands and the Politics of Food in New City 1959 to 1989
    Opie, F. Ethnic Borderlands and the Politics of Food in New City 1959 to 1989 Food and the City Conference, Boston, MA (2012)

Service

  • Athletic Department Advisory Board
    (current)

Media Contributions

  • Fred Opie Show Food History Research and Writing Podcast
    Other (2017)
  • Fred Opie Show Food History Research and Writing Podcast
    Other (2017)
  • Fred Opie Show Food History Research and Writing Podcast
    Other (2017)
  • Fred Opie Show Food History Research and Writing Podcast
    Other (2017)
  • City Lights on WABE 90.1 FM WABE in Atlanta
    Radio (2017)
  • NPR
    Radio (2017)
  • Good Food, KCRW, Santa Monica, California Public Radio
    Radio (2015)
  • The Splendid Table, America Public Media
    Radio (2014)