Tim McCarthy

Tim McCarthy

Resident Affiliate
Public Service/History of Politics & Social Movements/Leadership & Communications
Tim McCarthy

I have had many lives in Quincy House—first, as an undergraduate (1990-1993); then, as a resident tutor (1999-2003); yet again, as senior resident tutor (2005-2010); and now as resident scholar (since 2010). All told, I’ve lived in Quincy longer than any other place in my adult life—23 years and counting! I currently hold a joint faculty appointment in History and Literature, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the Harvard Kennedy School, where I am Core Faculty at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. I went to school at Harvard and Columbia, where I earned my M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in History, and I have published four books—The Radical Reader (2003), Prophets of Protest (2006), Protest Nation (2010), and The Indispensable Zinn (2012)—with my fifth, Stonewall’s Children: Living Queer History in an Age of Liberation, Loss, and Love, coming out (as it were!) soon. I come from a long line of educators (even got married to one in the Quincy courtyard almost a decade ago!) and have taught in many contexts and institutions for 25 years now. In addition to my writing and teaching, I am also an activist with deep ties to a broad range of social justice movements dating back to my undergraduate days in PBHA and FUP. I am involved with the American Repertory Theater, both as a board member and as host and director of the ongoing A.R.T. of Human Rights and Resistance Mic! series. In my down time, I love to talk politics, activism, movies, theater, sports, and pop culture. My husband CJ and I—along with our 9-year-old Black Lab Jeter—look forward to continuing our long affiliation with Quincy House this year!