Kate Cooper

Professor Kate Cooper

Kate Cooper is a Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester.  Her BAND OF ANGELS: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women (Atlantic Books), has been widely and favourably reviewed; The New Statesman called it ‘the best kind of popular history.’

Born in Washington, DC and educated at Princeton (Ph.D), Harvard (M.T.S), and Wesleyan University (B.A.), Kate has won numerous awards and prizes, including the Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome.

In recent years, Kate has renewed a long-standing interest in the problem of religion and violence, gaining grant awards from the RCUK Partnership for Conflict and Security Research (2009-12) the Leverhulme Trust, with a Major Research Fellowship (2012-15) for a project on The Early Christian Martyr Acts: A New Approach to Ancient Heroes of Resistance.

Kate regularly contributes to broadcast media on the history of gender, sexuality, and religious identity, as well as writing for print and on-line publications such as The Times of London, the Guardian, History Today, and the Huffington Post.

Kate’s blog, KATEANTIQUITY, has reader in over 100 countries can be found at She can also be found on Twitter @kateantiquity.