David Pate, Jr.

Visiting Associate Professor


Departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Consumer Science
School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison

David Pate is an Associate Professor at the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty and Collaborative Center of Health Equity at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research focuses on low-income African-American men, fatherhood, and child support. In particular, 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.

David Pate, Jr.'s Research Interests

  • Welfare reform policy
  • Child support enforcement policy
  • Fatherhood
  • Domestic violence
  • The intersection of race, gender, and poverty

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