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Suzanne Watts Henderson , PhD

  • Associate Professor , Philosophy and Religion Department
  • Director, Honors Program and Initiatives
  • College of Arts and Sciences

An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Suzanne Watts Henderson joined the Queens faculty in 2008, and teaches courses in Bible, World Religions, and the Honors Program, which she also directs. Dr. Henderson values Queens' emphasis on the classroom experience, and enjoys working closely with students as they explore their own and others' religious traditions.

Dr. Henderson has published widely in the field of New Testament studies. Her areas of expertise include the Gospel of Mark, the letters of Paul and the historical Jesus. Her first book, Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark, was published by Cambridge University Press and has been called a "ground-breaking monograph" by one reviewer. Her second book, Christ and Community: The Gospel Witness to Jesus (Abingdon) is a textbook that explores the topic of Jesus in the Gospels in light of the communal dimension of Jesus' messianic mission. She is also working on a book that addresses the crucifixion in light of ancient and contemporary contexts, as well as a full-length commentary on the Gospel of Mark.

Even though her final degree is from Duke University, Dr. Henderson would like to clarify her unwavering basketball loyalties: she is a Tar Heel through and through. Other objects of her staunch affection and support include her closest family members (husband Bob, and children Abbie, Hannah and Will). Dr. Henderson enjoys running, walking, yoga, and, whenever possible, snow-skiing. 


  • PhD  - Religion: New Testament; Duke University
  • M.Div.  - Biblical Studies; Princeton Theological Seminary
  • B.A.  - English; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


  • Joseph B. Grier Distinguished Professor Award 2013
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