Timothy Patrick McCarthy, an award-winning scholar and educator, public servant, and social justice activist who has taught on the faculty at Harvard University since 2005, will teach “The Theory and Practice of Global Development” at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service during the Spring 2020 semester.
McCarthy was the 2019 recipient of the Manuel C. Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching, the John F. Kennedy School of Government’s highest teaching honor.
McCarthy currently holds a joint appointment in Harvard’s undergraduate honors program in History and Literature, the Graduate School of Education, and the Kennedy School of Government, where he is Core Faculty at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free college humanities course for low-income adults and co-recipient of the 2015 National Humanities Medal.
"I am thrilled and grateful to be joining the faculty of the Clinton School of Public Service this year,” McCarthy said. “As much as I am looking forward to teaching my foundational course on global development and human rights to first-year graduate students in the spring, I am equally excited to work with faculty and staff as well as the larger community of Little Rock, which has been a model for social change for longer than I've been alive. It is a real honor to join your ranks!"
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 Shaped a Century of American Radicalism (2010), The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian (2012), the forthcoming Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in an Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love.
He has published essays in Salon, Boston Globe, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Pangyrus, and The Nation. A frequent media commentator, he was guest editor of The Nation’s historic “Reclaiming Stonewall 50” forum.
Twice named one of Harvard Crimson’s “Professors of the Year,” McCarthy’s courses are among the most popular and highly rated at Harvard.
In addition to the Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching, McCarthy is the recipient of more than two dozen awards for his commitment to students, including the John R. Marquand Award for Exceptional Advising and Counseling and the Dean’s Award for Exceptional Leadership and Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion. He was also selected as one of ten faculty members from across the university whose teaching is showcased in the Instructional Moves Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
McCarthy presented “Pedagogy and Privilege: Teaching the Values of Public Service and Social Justice” as part of the Clinton School Speaker Series in May 2018.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.