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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

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 Core program. 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. She is currently writing a second book, which explores the relationship between Christology -- views about Jesus' identity and mission -- and community throughout the New Testament.

An active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, Dr. Henderson plays an active role in working groups such as the Mark Group, Academic Teaching and Biblical Studies, and Missional Hermeneutics. She was also selected for participation in the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning Religion and Theology's Pre-Tenure Workshop.

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). When she escapes a household full of teen-agers, 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
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