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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 Spring 2015)

Professor Henderson received her A.B. from Dartmouth College, 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 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 practice group of Arnold & Porter LLP in New York, where her practice included complex commercial litigation and pro bono civil rights advocacy. Her teaching and research interests are in slavery, social control organizations, incarceration and prisoner reentry, and property. Professor Henderson’s work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in N.Y.U. Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, 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. In 2014, she was invited to teach a course on American property law at Beijing Jiaotong University Law School in China.

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 the Practicing Attorneys for Law Students Program, Inc. (PALS). 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)

“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)