Timothy McCarthy, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, was awarded the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching at the 2019 Class Day awards at Harvard Kennedy School. Voted by the Kennedy School student body, it recognizes the faculty member’s dedication to students, excellence in the professional field, and commitment to public service.
In reference to a course taught by McCarthy, one student noted: “Of any class I’ve ever done, at any point in my education, this one has most changed my life…the underlying thesis of the class is that progress towards equality for the LGTBQ community, and all minorities, is never guaranteed. Regression backwards is always possible. Knowing the history of these minorities, and the history of progress followed by regression, is a first step towards understanding how fragile progress itself is.”
You can view McCarthy receiving the award below:
More about Timothy McCarthy:
McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, teacher, public servant, and social justice activist who holds a joint faculty appointment in Harvard’s undergraduate honors program in History and Literature, the Graduate School of Education, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Since 2008, he has also been Core Faculty and Program Director at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, and on April 5, 2017, he delivered the inaugural lecture to launch Resistance School, an online learning hub for progressives who want to reclaim, rebuild, and reimagine America in the Trump era.
An historian of politics and social movements, Dr. McCarthy is the author or editor of five books from the New Press, including The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition (2003), Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism (2006), Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism (2010), The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian (2012), and Stonewall's Children: Living Queer History in an Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love (2019). He has been awarded fellowships and funding from the Mellon and Ford Foundations, Massachusetts Historical Society, Mass Humanities, National Endowment for the Humanities, Open Gate Foundation, David Bohnett Foundation, and Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.