Patricia Williams

Patricia Williams is the James L. Dohr professor of law at Columbia University, where she teaches in the areas of contract law, bioethics (particularly issues involving property in bodies and body parts), and civil and human rights (including issues of race, gender, disability and mental health). In 2000 she received a MacArthur Fellowship for her work in law and social justice.

Williams began her law career as a consumer advocate and freelance journalist; she continues to write a monthly column, “Diary of a Mad Law Professor,” for The Nation magazine (and blogs at, is a regular contributor to The Guardian newspaper. She is the author of several books, including “The Alchemy of Race and Rights,” “The Rooster’s Egg” and “Seeing a Color-Blind Future: The Paradox of Race.”

Williams has appeared on WNYC’s The Brian Lehrer Show, The Takeaway with John Hockenberry and NPR’s Tell Me More.

James L. Dohr Professor of Law at Columbia University

Areas of Expertise: Contract Law, Bioethics, Civil and Human Rights (Race, Gender, Disability and Mental Health), Social Justice

Location: Boston, MA and New York City, NY (France and Seattle, WA, during academic breaks)

Contact Information:
Phone: (617) 524-3192

You can also contact Williams’ assistant, Nersa Miller
Phone: (212) 854-8385

Heard on NPR: For a full list, click here.

Tell Me More: Will Obama’s Presidency Change Perceptions Among Blacks?


Frederick Douglass Opie

Frederick Douglass Opie is Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College and a blogger at Food As A Lens. His work focuses on the history of food traditions, cultures and systems, and how and why they have changed. His expertise has been cited in the Harvard Gazette and NPR, among other news outlets.

Opie is a frequent guest on the popular American Public Media show The Splendid Table, the television series Appetite City and in the documentary Soul Food Junkie. He is also the author of “Hog and Hominy: Soul Food from Africa to America,” “Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala and 1882-1923“ and the forthcoming book “Black and Latino Relation in New York 1959 to 1989.”

Frederick Opie

Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College

Areas of Expertise: Foodways, Campaigns, Food Movements

Location: Babson Park, MA

Contact Info:

Phone: (781) 239-5611
Twitter: @DrFredDOpie

Heard on NPR News and Notes: A Soul Food Journey From Africa To America

Majora Carter

Majora (mah-JOR-ah) Carter’s career as an urban revitalization strategist began right at home in the South Bronx. When the City  planned a new and expansive waste facility, she shifted into gear because “no one seemed to care—including many of us who lived here.”

Carter went on to found the non-profit Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx).  With her motto “you shouldn’t have to move out of your neighborhood to live in a better one”, she built a new park on the site of an illegal garbage dump and launched urban green-collar job training initiatives. By 2005 she received a MacArthur ‘genius’ Fellowship, and in 2008, Carter formed a for-profit consulting firm, Majora Carter Group LLC (MCG).   Her Clients represent a cross section of leading national organizations in the government, private and academic sectors.

Since 2010 she’s appeared and produced numerous videos for Sundance Channel and Science Channel, as well as videos for corporate brands such as Honda, Cisco, Mazda, Holiday Inn, HSBC.  In 2011 her nationally broadcast special radio series, The Promised Land, won a Peabody Award.

Majora’s current work involves urban on-shoring entry level tech jobs into economically under-performing communities via her new social enterprise, StartUp Box.

Majora Carter

President, Majora Carter Group

Founder: StartUp Box

Areas of Expertise: Urban Revitalization, Environmental Issues and Advocacy, Project Consulting, Leadership

Location: the Bronx, NY

Contact Info:

James Chase, VP Communications

Phone: (718) 874-7313
Twitter: @majoracarter
Carter also hosted an American Public Media radio series called The Promised Land (APM). Check out one of her episodes here.
Heard on NPR: For a complete list, click here.

Tell Me More: This Is Home

Studios near Majora:

Bronx Studio Information Page

WNYC Studio Information Page

Added January 2013
Last Verified September 2015