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Frederick Opie

  • Professor
Academic Division: History & Society


Dr. Frederick Douglass Opie is an innovative educator, speaker, and author. He has published books, journal articles, and contributed to anthologies. Dr. Opie has appeared on NPR, BBC Radio, The History Channel, PBS television, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Oprah Magazine. He is the producer and host of The Fred Opie Show. For more visit his website @

Academic Degrees

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

Academic Interest / Expertise

Food History, US History, Diaspora History

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



  • Opie, F.D. (in press). Food Rebels: Why Freedom Requires Rebellion : Food Rebels: Why Freedom Requires Rebellion . University of California Press.
  • Opie, F.D. (2017). Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution : Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution . Page: 192. American Palate . link
  • Opie, F.D. (2015). Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies, and Simple Pleasures. Page: 144. The History Press . link
  • Opie, F.D. (2014). Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black-Latino Coalitions in New York City from Protest to Public Office: Columbia History of Urban Life Series. Page: 312. Columbia University Press.
  • Opie, F.D. (2009). Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923: Florida Work in the Americas Series. University of Florida Press.

Book Chapters

  • Opie, F.D. (2014). Influence, Sources, and African Diaspora Foodways : Food in Time and Place: The American Historical Association Companion to Food History. Page: 188-208. University of California Press .
  • Opie, F.D. (2012). Alcohol and Lowdown Culture in Caribbean Guatemala and Honduras, 1898-1922: Distilling the Influence of Alcohol: Aguardiente in Guatemalan History. Page: 96-119. The University of Florida Press.


  • “Food History, Businesses, and Care: Culinary Entrepreneurs, Sourcing, Giving Groceries, and Self-Care” Opie, F. Healthy Food Community of Practice Conference, Virtual (2021)
  • “Hunger and Health: The Devastating Impact of Structural Racism” Opie, F. Share Our Strength and Food & Society , Virtual (2021)
  • “Stumping and Eating, The Role of Food and Politics: 1880s-1960s” Opie, F. Invited Lecture, Virtual (2020)
  • “Food Justice Through History” Opie, F. It’s Just Food: A Food Justice Symposium, Phillips Andover Academy (2019)
  • “The Sandwich Brigade and the 1963 March on Washington” Opie, F. Boston Public Library Lecture Series, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts, (2017)
  • "Sustenance in the Struggle for Freedom" Opie, F. Lecture, Atlanta, Georgia (2017)
  • Food Justice, Race + Design Panel Opie, F. Black and Design Conference , Cambridge, Massachusetts (2015)
  • “Zora Neale Hurston’s Work on Food-Based Prescriptions for Illnesses: A History” Opie, F. Book Event, Manhattan, NY (2015)
  • “The Culinary World of a Literary Icon: Zora Neale Hurston,” Opie, F. October Meeting , Brooklyn (2015)
  • “Earthenware: A History of Table Traditions and Related Recipes” Opie, F. Annual Meeting , Rhode Island (2015)
  • Atlantic World Foodways Through the Lens of Zora Neale Hurston Opie, F. Atlantic World Foodways: The Carolina Lowcountry, Africa, Italy and Spain, Greensboro, NC (2014)
  • Gender, Food and Culture in American History Opie, F. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA (2013)
  • Stumping and Eating: Latino Voters and the Role of Food in 2012 Race to the White House Opie, F. University of Maryland, College Park, MD (2012)

Additional Links

Professional Memberships

  • Southern Foodways Alliance (2008 - Present)
  • Association for the Study of Food and Society (2005 - Present)

Department & College Wide Services

  • Athletic Department Advisory Board (Fall 2015 - Present)