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Ph.D., New York University
J.D., New York University
M.A., New York University
A.B., Dartmouth


Property, Civil Procedure, Confinement, Offender Reentry and Public Policy, Business Law for Entrepreneurs (at Rutgers Business School)


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Taja-Nia Y. Henderson

Associate Professor of Law
(on leave for the Fall 2015 semester)

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. 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. Her teaching and research interests are in slavery, incarceration, offender reentry, law and society, and land use/property. Professor Henderson’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in N.Y.U. Law Review, Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Lewis & Clark L. Rev., Columbia J. of Race & Law, the Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and the Law & History Review. In 2013, she was a fellow at the J. Willard Hurst Summer Institute in Legal History at the University of Wisconsin. Her research has been supported by fellowships and grants from the DePaul Humanities Center, American Philosophical Society, Filson Historical Society, and the John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress.

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 (Fall 2014), and a Visiting Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School (Fall 2015). In 2013, the Rutgers–Newark Student Bar Association awarded Professor Henderson with the law school’s "Professor of the Year” award.


“The Efficacy of Uniform Laws for Mitigating Collateral Consequences” (work-in-progress)

“Property, Penality, and (Racial) Profiling,” 12 Stanford J. of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties ___ (2016) (forthcoming)

“Teaching the Carceral Crisis: An Ethical and Pedagogical Imperative,” 13 MARGINS (Maryland L. J. of Race, Religion, Gender and Class) 104 (2013)

“The Ironic Promise of the Thirteenth Amendment for Offender Anti-Discrimination Law,” 17 Lewis & Clark L. Rev. 1141 (2013)

Book Review of Buried Lives: Incarcerated in Early America, 31 Law and History Review 484 (2013)

“Racial Fortuity, Rights Sacrifice, and the Promise of Convergence in Prison and Policing Policy,” 2 Colum. J. Race & L. Spec. Features __ (2012)

Review of Rogan, Mary, Prison Policy in Ireland: Politics, Penal-Welfarism and Political Imprisonment, Criminal Law Criminal Justice (CLCJ) Books, at http://clcjbooks.rutgers.edu/books/prison_policy_in_ireland.html (May 2012)

“N.J. Should Ban Arrests From Job Applications,” N.J. Star-Ledger, May 6, 2012 (op-ed)

“New Frontiers in Fair Lending: Confronting Lending Discrimination Against Ex-Offenders,” 80 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1237 (October 2005)