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Suzanne Watts Henderson , PhD

  • Associate Professor , Philosophy and Religion Department
  • Director, Center for Ethics and Religion
  • College of Arts and Sciences

Since joining the Queens faculty in 2008, Suzanne Watts Henderson has taught courses in Bible and World Religions and, in recent years, served as Director for the Center for Ethics and Religion. She is an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

Dr. Henderson has published widely in the field of New Testament studies and is a frequent presenter both in academic settings and in the wider community. She has a keen interest in the Gospels and Jesus’ first-century context and has published two books on these topics: Christology and Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark (Cambridge, 2006) and Christ and Community: The Gospel Witness to Jesus (Abingdon, 2015). Recently, she has co-authored a forthcoming book, The Cross in Contexts: Redemptive Suffering in Palestine (Orbis, 2017), with Mitri Raheb, a Palestinian pastor from Bethlehem.

At Queens, Dr. Henderson promotes a spirit of interfaith understanding and cooperation, both in the classroom and in the wider community. The Center for Ethics and Religion hosts events that reflect this interest, including a multi-faith response to poverty, and a viewing of the National Geographic iMax film, Jerusalem. She sees Queens’ core liberal arts tradition as an ideal setting to host meaningful inquiry across religious difference.


  • 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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