Timothy Patrick McCarthy Timothy Patrick McCarthy is Lecturer on History and Literature, Adjunct Lecturer on Public Policy, and Director of the Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also teaches in the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. An historian of social movements, Dr. McCarthy graduated with honors from Harvard College and received his Ph.D. in History from Columbia University, where he completed his dissertation under the direction of Eric Foner. Dr. McCarthy’s research agenda focuses on the relationship between human rights and social movements in three main areas:  race relations and civil rights; LGBT politics, policy, and advocacy; and modern slavery and human trafficking. For more information on Dr. McCarthy, please visit the Director's page of this web site.
phone:  617.384.9023
office:  R-206

Aden Tedla

Aden Tedla is the Progam Assistant for the Sexuality, Gender & Human Rights Program. Aden is currently pursuing a Master in Public Policy degree at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she is concentrating in International and Global Affairs. She is a civil rights advocate and community organizer, with interests in popular education, human rights, non-violent direct action, and international development.

During her undergraduate years at Swarthmore College, Aden served as an advocate for diversity issues through the Intercultural Center and Black Cultural Center. She is co-founder of Swarthmore Overlaps, a student publication that seeks to facilitate the discussion of political, cultural, and social issues that are often left out of the mainstream discourse. Aden also served as a student researcher for the Global Non-violent Action Database (, an online resource that provides free information about non-violent action campaigns and tactics. As a Philip Evans Scholar, she was also able to travel to and study in countries including Peru, Ethiopia, Kenya, Egypt, and Israel. Upon graduating from Swarthmore College in 2012, she served as an Organizing Fellow for the Obama for America campaign team.

phone:  617.496.4548
office:  R-201a