Kate Holbrook, PhD is a leading voice in the study of Mormon women and Mormon foodways. As managing historian of women’s history at the LDS Church History Department, she writes, studies, and interprets history full-time. Her major research interests are religion, gender, and food.
A popular public speaker, Kate was voted Harvard College’s Teaching Fellow of the Year for her work as head teaching fellow in a course that enrolled nearly six hundred students, and she co-edited Global Values 101: A Short Course (Beacon Press, 2006), based on that class. In 2012, Kate co-organized a conference entitled “Women and the LDS Church: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives.” She and her co-organizer, Matthew Bowman, have edited a collection of essays that sprang from this conference entitled Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. Kate has also published essays and book chapters about Mormonism and housework, Nation of Islam Muslims, Mormons and food, religion and sexuality, and . . . religious hunting rituals.
Kate grew up at the feet of the Rocky Mountains and is happy to live there again, among the historic sites, cultural currents, and food environments where her scholarship has its roots. She has a BA in English and Russian literature from Brigham Young University, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Religious Studies from Boston University. For her dissertation work on LDS and Nation of Islam foodways, she was the first recipient of the Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies at the University of Utah. She and her husband, Samuel Brown, are raising three daughters in Salt Lake City.