Dr. Fred Opie is a Babson College Professor of History and Foodways.  He unpacks history to positively impact the future as an author, speaker, teacher (see course list below) blogger, on his Fred Opie Show podcast, and as a contributor to the work of producers, journalist and film makers. His most recent book are Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution and Start With Your Gift: Understand and Monetize it While Serving Others With It. Professor Opie is a college myth buster: Everyone should go to college and a college degree is a good investment event if it requires students loans to pay for it.


Start With Your Gift: Understand And Monetize it While Serving Others With It (Opie Press, 2017)

Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution (American Palate Series, The History Press, 2017)

Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food: Recipes, Remedies, and Simple Pleasures (American Palate Series, The History Press, 2015)

Upsetting the Apple Cart: Black and Latino Coalitions in New York from Protest to Public Office (Columbia History of Urban Life Series, ed. Kenneth Jackson, Columbia University Press, 2014)

Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala, 1882-1923 (Florida Work in the Americas Series, University of Florida Press, 2009)

Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History Series, ed. Albert Sonnenfeld, Columbia University Press, 2008)


  • HSS 2019: A History Of Food And Election Campaigns

  • HSS 2032: African History And Foodways

  • HIS 4640: Food And Civil Rights

  • CVA 2002: African American History And Foodways

  • AHS 1000: AHS Justice And Inequality

  • CVA 2090: Food And The African American Canon

  • Most Recent Course Taught in bold

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What Students Are Saying About Professor Opie

“You have inspired me to think about my gift and make decisions around what I truly desire professionally.”
— Jade Anderson Babson Student
“You became my favorite professor because of your care for every individual that enters your classroom.”
— Nick Brown, Babson Alum
“I learned so much in your course. And the life skills you shared are applicable to anything I decide to do.”
— Sarah McCarthy, Babson Student
“You are an amazing, empathetic, and engaging professor.”
— Alex Martiros, Babson Student
“Because of your course, I am a better student and better prepared for life.”
— Quinn Schomp, Babson Student
“Professor Opie motivates you to do your best work and guides you out of your comfort zone so that you grow.”
— Adam Kershner, Babson Alum
“You offer such relevant advice to students.”
— Tori Penta, Babson Alum
“You made me question previously held beliefs and allowed me to learn new perspectives.”
— Hallie Lerner, Babson Student