Matthias Henze

Matthias Henze was born and raised in Hanover, Germany. In 1992 he earned a Master of Divinity in Protestant Theology from the University of Heidelberg, Germany, and moved to the United States to pursue a Ph.D. in Harvard’s Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After completing his doctorate in 1997, Dr. Henze joined Rice’s department of religion, where he is now the Isla Carroll and Percy E. Turner Professor of Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism. Dr. Henze has lectured in North America, South America, Europe, and Australia. In 2009-10 he was a Fellow-in-Residence at The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. In 2016 he was the Mandelbaum Scholar in Residence at the University of Sydney, Australia. While at Rice he has won five teaching/mentoring awards including the Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Prize (2003), the George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching (2009, 2010, 2015), and the Graduate Student Association Teaching/Mentoring Award (2015). He was also named a founding fellow of Rice’s Center for Teaching Excellence. In 2009 he founded Rice’s Program in Jewish Studies, of which he continues to serve as director.