Professor Henderson researches and writes on slavery, punishment, and the law.
After graduating law school, Professor Henderson served as the Derrick Bell Teaching Fellow in constitutional law at NYU School of Law and also clerked for the Hon. Consuelo B. Marshall, U.S. District Court, Central District of California. Before joining the Rutgers faculty in 2010, Professor Henderson was an associate in the litigation group of Arnold & Porter LLP in New York, where her practice included commercial litigation and pro bono civil rights advocacy.
Professor Henderson’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Iowa Law Review, N.Y.U. Law Review, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Lewis & Clark L. Rev., Chicago-Kent Law Review, Columbia J. of Race & Law, the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and the Law & History Review.
Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the American Philosophical Society, and others. She was previously a fellow at the J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin. Since 2010, Professor Henderson has organized and facilitated the Rutgers Reentry Roundtable, and she is a member of the steering committee for Newark Reentry Legal Services (ReLeSe). Professor Henderson is also a member of the board of directors of Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. Professor Henderson has been a visiting scholar at Beijing Jiaotong University (2014), and a Visiting Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School (2015). In 2013, the Rutgers–Newark Student Bar Association awarded Professor Henderson with the law school’s "Professor of the Year” award.
Professor Henderson received her A.B. from Dartmouth College, and her J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. from New York University. At NYU School of Law, she was a Dean’s Scholar, Senior Notes Editor of the N.Y.U. Law Review, and recipient of the Gary E. Moncrieffe Graduation Award.