Katie graduated as a senior scholar with a double major in History and Geography from the University of Canterbury in 1989. After working as the editor of Canta, she undertook postgraduate study at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where she completed a first class MA in 1991. In 1996 her PhD was granted by McGill University in Montreal. Katie returned to Canterbury to lecture in New Zealand women's/feminist history. Katie is the author of three monographs and she has edited six scholarly collections. She has published over 60 essays, journal articles and opinion editorials on a variety of topics. Katie was the President of the New Zealand Historical Association from 2014-5. She is an editor for Kotuitui and the Australasian section of History Compass. She serves on the editorial boards of the New Zealand Journal of History and the New Zealand Woman's Studies Journal.