David J. Pate Jr., PhD
- Affiliated Associate Professor of the Institute for Research on Poverty, UW-Madison
- Affiliate, Collaborative Center for Health Equity, University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health
Dr. David J. Pate Jr. is a leading expert on low income African-American men, fatherhood, and child support. Dr. Pate studies how black men are affected by the social welfare system and the challenges that impede their ability to attain economic security.
His research projects involve the use of qualitative research methods to examine life course events of non-custodial African-American men. This includes their ability to be gainfully employed, engage with their children, and sustain a good quality of life.
- Ph.D., Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2003
- A.M., Social Work, University of Chicago, 1982
- BSW, University of Detroit, 1980
- Child support enforcement policy
- The life-course perspective of low-income black males
- Trauma and toxic stress
Social Work 380, #BlackLivesMatter: An Analysis and Critique of the Movement
- Social Work 206, Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (Undergraduate Level)
- Social Work 380, “I Am A Man: Construction of Masculinity for Black Males” Honors College (Undergraduate Level)
- Social Work 750, Social Welfare Policy Development and Implementation (Graduate Level)
- Social Work 851, Social Issues and Policy Analysis (Masters Level)
- Social Work 931, Theories of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy for Children and Families
- Social Work 952, Qualitative Research Methods (Doctoral Level)
- Social Work 990, Research Ethics (Doctoral Level)
Honors and Service:
- Invited member to National Advisory Board of the Responsible Father Research Network (2013-2018)
- Top news from UWM: Little Comfort, Little Humanity; UWM Expert Explains 'Toxic Stress' UWM Report (November 9, 2015)
Men, Women, and the Racial Wealth Gap Center for Global Policy Solutions (July 23, 2015)
- Invited member to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) to serve on an expert panel addressing the needs of young fathers. (March, 2015)
- Appointed Member, UWM Office of Conflict Resolution, Ombuds Council. Ombuds Council members assist with helping UWM employees consider a variety of options to help resolve conflicts.
- Participated on the social science research and writing team which submitted two amicus briefs for the Center for Family Policy and Practice (CFFPP) in support of the petitioner in the Turner v. Rogers case to the United States Supreme Court. Oral arguments were presented on the case in Washington, D.C. on March 23, 2011. The decision was rendered on June 20, 2011.
- Elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Current Research Projects:
- Access to Justice for Low-Income Civil Litigants: Comparative and Longitudinal Study of Experiences with Court Systems. National Science Foundation (Law and Social Science Program) ($304,000)
- National Science Foundation (Law and Social Science Program) ($304,000) (2014-2016)
- Access to Justice for Low-Income Civil Litigants: A Comparative Study of How Lawyers and More Limited Forms of Legal Assistance Matter in Child Support Enforcement Proceedings.
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School ($60,000) (2014-2015)
- National Science Foundation (Law and Social Science Program) ($141,000) (2013-2014)
- Institute for Research on Poverty ($44,185) (2013-2014)
- Principal Investigator: Tonya Brito, University of Wisconsin, Law School and Co-Investigator, David J. Pate Jr., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.
- UWM Professor: Segregation Normalized Through Institutional Structures & Practices WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio (March 8, 2017)
- UW-Milwaukee Professor: Black Lives Matter Is Improving Race Relations In Milwaukee Wisconsin Public Radio (October 13, 2016)
- Scholar Reflects on Black Lives Matters Movement UWM Report (Oct. 3, 2016)
- Students Talk About the UWM Faculty They Most Admire UWM Report (May 25, 2016)
- Honors College Art Exhibit Explores Black Lives Matter UWM Report (May 9, 2016)
- UWM Students Use Art to Reflect on #BlackLivesMatter WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio (May 10, 2016)
- Why Black Lives Matter: Interview with David Pate and Waldo Johnson The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration Magazine (February 2016)
- UWM Project Helps Prepare Men for Fatherhood WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio (Nov. 19, 2015)
- Little Comfort, Little Humanity; UWM Expert Explains 'Toxic Stress' UWM Report (Nov. 9, 2015)
- Connecting Art to Social Justice Wisconsin State Journal, Collaborated with artist to produce piece, "Racism is Highly Adaptable" (Nov. 8, 2015)
- Census Numbers Show Milwaukee Poverty Rate Remains Unchanged Wisconsin Public Radio (Sept. 17, 2015)
- Helping Men Transition to Fatherhood Brings UWM into Homes, Hospitals UWM Report (June 18, 2015)
- Edward R. Murrow Award Contributor and consultant to WUWM series, Project Milwaukee: Black Men in Prison that won the Edward R. Murrow award for outstanding news series (large market radio) (April 23, 2015)
- When Child Support Becomes a 'Debtor's Prison' The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC (April 17, 2015)
- Walter Scott and Child Support: Did the Threat of Jail Contribute to His Death? International Business Times (April 9, 2015)
- Living as a Low-Wage Worker Milwaukee Public Television, 4th Street Forum (Jan. 2015)
- Tonya L. Brito, David J. Pate Jr., Daanika Gordon, and Amanda Ward, What We Know and Need to Know About Civil Gideon. 67 South Carolina L. Rev. 223 (2016)
- Pate, David J. (2016) “The Color of Debt: Social Networks, Sanctions, and Child Support Enforcement Policy” Race and Social Problems first published online February 23, 2016. DOI 10.1007/s12552-016-9167-8
- Patricia A. Lee King and David J. Pate Jr. (2014) “Perinatal HIV testing among African American, Caucasian, Hmong and Latina women: exploring the role of health-care services, information sources, and perceptions of HIV/AIDS.” Health Education Research 29:1:February.
- Waldo Johnson, David J. Pate Jr. & Jarvis Givens (2010), Big Boys Don’t Cry, Black Boys Don’t Feel: The Intersection of Shame and Worry on Community Violence and the Social Construction of Masculinity among Urban African American Males: The Case of Derrion Albert. In C. Edley, Jr. and J. Ruiz de Velasco (eds.). Changing Places: How Communities Will Improve the Health of Boys of Color, University of California Press.
- David J. Pate Jr. (2010) Life After PRWORA: The Involvement of African-American Fathers with Welfare-reliant Children and the Child Support Enforcement System," In W. Johnson (ed.), Social Work With African American Males: Health, Mental Health, and Social Policy, Oxford Press.