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Associate Professor of Christian Origins, University of Dayton

Meghan Henning is an Associate Professor of Christian Origins at the University of Dayton. She specializes in New Testament and Early Christianity, and holds an undergraduate degree in Religion and Economics from Denison University, a Masters degree in Biblical Studies from Yale Divinity School, and a doctorate in New Testament from Emory University.

Meghan's most recent book, Hell Hath No Fury: Gender, Disability, and the Invention of Damned Bodies in Early Christianity (Yale University Press), is the first major book to examine ancient Christian literature on hell through the lenses of gender and disability studies. Meghan’s first book (Mohr Siebeck) on the pedagogical function of Hell in antiquity is entitled Educating Early Christians through the Rhetoric of Hell. She has written a number of articles, essays, and invited papers on Hell, the New Testament, apocalyptic literature, apocryphal literature, ancient rhetoric, gender, disability studies, and pedagogy. In addition to the New Testament she is interested in the theme of suffering in antiquity, women in early Christianity, Petrine literature, historiography, contemporary philosophy, the work of Michel Foucault, disability studies, feminist hermeneutics, and post-colonial theory. Meghan is currently working on a book about the conceptualization of gender, disability and the body in the early Christian apocalypses (Hell Hath No Fury, under contract with Yale University Press).

She is the recipient of grants and awards from the Jacob K. Javits foundation, the Society of Biblical Literature, Yale Divinity School, and Emory University. Dr. Henning has been interviewed by the Daily Beast, and has appeared in a documentary for the National Geographic Channel, and on CNN.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Christian Origins, University of Dayton


  • 2013 
    Emory University, Ph.D./Religious Studies (New Testament)