About Kate Holbrook

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.

33 thoughts on “About Kate Holbrook

  1. I just wanted to say what a marvelous job you did at the face to face. You explained things so we’ll and bore such a beautiful testimony. I appreciate like you who do all the work to find out all of the history–and then allow us to read it and gain a testimony. Thank you!

  2. Pointing out the Prophet’s dictated prose in the original manuscript to his personal journal handwriting style later on just one more great reason to love him.

  3. I join many others in extending thanks and gratitude to you for devoting your life, talents, gifts and soul to the work of the Lord. I did not know of you until the Face to Face devotional with Elder Cook. Your comments/teachings/testimony resonated with me. I rejoice in knowing the kingdom of God has individuals like you who enhance/enlighten us on historical as well as everyday events/issues. May you always be granted the companionship of the Holy Ghost as you do your work.

  4. Thank u so much for your contribution to the face-to-face event. Your articulate insights were so inspirational and educational. Thank you for being such a role model in the Lds community

  5. Hi Dr. Holbrook,

    Thank you for your faith and determination in bringing LDS history to life. I appreciated your words at the face to face event on September 9th. Since you study Mormon foodways, I hope you get to enjoy some raspberry honey butter, either at the lion house or made at home.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve had delicious raspberry whipped honey, but not raspberry honey butter. I’ll have to look into it!

  6. Thank you for your words and testimony at the face to face event. When you spoke of the Book of Mormon translation process, my heart was touched by the spirit bringing me to tears, reminding me of my own testimony of the Book of Mormon and its teachings, the power it has had in my life.

  7. I just wanted to take an opportunity to reach out to you and let you know the lasting positive impact your words at the Face to Face event had on me and my wife. We were both touched deeply. As I read Moroni 7 this morning I was reminded again of your testimony and felt a need to let you know what a difference you make. Thank you!

  8. I just by accident found the recording of Jennie Brimhall Knight including remarks by her brother Mark and sister Sina. The recording were made by my father Richard Knight on the occassion of Grandma’s birthday. I sent edited versions to members of the Groberg family a few months ago. Question: how did the recordings get online? Who is responsible? Could we meet to discuss this and other history relating to Jennie B. Hope to hear back. Newell Boyd Knight grandson of Jesse William and Lucy Jane Brimhall (Jennie)

    1. Hello, Would you like to send me the url for the recordings you’re talking about? I am not familiar with the recordings you mention, so have no idea who might have posted them online.


  9. Hello!
    I’ve really appreciated reading the things you have published and hearing what you had to say at the face to face event last year. I would love some recommendations on books you would recommend so that I can deepen my knowledge of church history.
    Thank you!!

  10. I am writing this WHILE listening to your Women’s Conference talk. I can’t wait til the end to thank you. And I can’t thank you enough. You are real. You have Obviously and beautifully worked hard in your life. Thank you for generously sharing who you have become. Thank you for encouraging us today. I will save and listen to your talk again on those days I feel discouraged.

  11. I loved your talk at the BYU Women’s Conference today (5/1/20). Thanks for the insights to history, and your part in bringing them to light.

  12. Enjoyed your talk at Women’s Conference today. I loved hearing that you like to cook. So do I. I write a murder mystery series in which my heroine is a cookbook author and the books include lots of recipes. I asked Cherry Silver to loan the first book in the series to you. I hope you will enjoy it.

  13. I’ve been a Muslim for over 20 years, but have been intrigued by the concept of Heavenly Mother for quite some time. ‘Caught your talk today and really enjoyed it. Searched up a bit about you and was surprised to find out about your research on NOI and food. Muslim food I tend to make is more Middle Eastern, but I love a good bean pie! Sadly, this Ramadan means no potluck iftar meals (breaking of the fasts.) Thank you for your talk. It touched me.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it. I like Bean Pie, too, and many Middle Eastern dishes even more. Best wishes for a particularly spiritual Ramadan season this year, in spite of the sad isolation.

  14. Kate,
    Your talk at Women’s Conference validated some of my own thoughts on revelation, presented new ideas, sparked inspiration for more than one of my projects, and brought the Spirit. In short, I felt renewed and hopeful. The experiences you shared of women who have worked through challenges to accomplish goals, impacting both programs and people, motivated me in my current projects as co-editor-in-chief at Segullah. I could continue (and have in notes and thoughts since viewing your talk) but mostly I want to thank you for your insights and your example. I appreciate you!

  15. I really loved your talk on Friday! Do you happen to know the name or artists name of the art that you shared? The one of the flying woman holding a candle? I have been searching for it everywhere online, but can’t find it.

  16. thank you for your words at the women’s conference.
    but I would like to know where the scriptures on the Israel coalition you mentioned are located. I have been studying this for some time!

    especially when the Lord says: I know my sheep and they are numbered. could you share where are those scriptures you quoted ??

    Thank you very much in advance.

    1. Thanks Claudia. This one is in the Book of Mormon: “he gathereth his children from the four quarters of the earth; and he numbereth his sheep, and they know him; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd; and he shall feed his sheep, and in him they shall find pasture.” (1 Nephi 22:24–25)


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