Kate Holbrook is the managing historian for women’s history at the Church History Department of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which she is a member.
In 2011, she was hired by the LDS Church History Department as a women’s history specialist. In an interview with the Deseret News, Holbrook said, "History needs to be told in a way that integrates what men were doing with what women were doing."
She earned her master’s degree in world religions from Harvard Divinity School. She holds a PhD in religion and society from Boston University.
She received fellowships and grants for her academic work from Harvard University, Boston University, Brigham Young University, and the Roothbert Fellowship. She also received the first Eccles Fellowship in Mormon Studies at the University of Utah to examine the foodways of American religious groups.
Holbrook was voted Harvard College’s Teaching Fellow of the Year for her work in a course that enrolled nearly six hundred students, and she co-edited Global Values 101: A Short Course, based on that class.
She is the editor of (with Jennifer Reeder) At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women, (with Jill Mulvay Derr, Carol Cornwall Madsen, and Jennifer Reeder) The First Fifty Years of Relief Society: Key Documents in Latter-day Saint Women’s History, and (with Matthew Bowman) Women and Mormonism: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives. She has also published book chapters with Oxford and Columbia university presses.