Associate Professor of Social Work, UW Milwaukee
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
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
A.M., University of Chicago
B.S.W., University of Detroit
Room: 1053 Enderis Hall
Professor Pate’s research projects involve the use of qualitative research methods to examine the relationship of non-custodial fathers of children on welfare and the child support enforcement system, and the fathers relationship with the mothers of their children.
(SW 206) Introduction to Social Welfare Policy (Undergraduate Level)
(SW 851) Social Issues and Policy Analysis (Masters Level)
(SW 931) Theories of Poverty and Social Welfare Policy for Children and Families
(SW 952) Qualitative Research Methods (Doctoral Level)
Selected Honors and Service:
On sabbatical during the fall of 2013, he was a Visiting Research Professor at the University of York, SPRU, City of York, United Kingdom.
Recipient of the 2013 Fromkin Award – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Golda Meir Library 44th Annual Morris Fromkin Memorial Lecturer: “Title of Lecture: Access to Justice: How Lawyers Matter in Civil Proceedings for Low-Income Litigants”. (November 14, 2013)
Invited member to National Advisory Board of the Responsible Father Research Network. (2013-2018)
Member, Welfare Research and Family Self-Sufficiency Technical Working Group, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), US Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC. (Term: 2012-2014)Participated on the social science research and writing team which submitted two amicus brief 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.
Recent Broadcast and Selected Editorial:
Wisconsin Worst in Nation for Well-Being of Black Children
WUWM, 89.7 FM NPR (April 2, 2014)
Access to Justice for Low-Income Litigants in Civil Cases
Presenters: Tonya Brito, Burrus-Bascom Professor of Law, University of Wisconsin–Madison, and David J. Pate, Jr., Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Sponsored by the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison (March 26, 2014)
NPR Contributor (Milwaukee affiliate) Station: WUWM 89.7 FM
"Real Talk with David Pate” (Ongoing, Monthly since 2013)
CNN Op-Ed piece: Education vs. the lure of pro basketball (2012)
Current Research Projects:
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.
Principal Investigator: Tonya Brito, University of Wisconsin, Law School and Co-Investigator, David Pate, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Helen Bader School of Social Welfare.
Wisconsin Partnership Program, UW School of Medicine and Public Health Grants University-Community Research Partnerships (2013-2014) Development Grants ($50,000 each)
Prior to his academic appointment, David worked for 15 years as a practicing social worker, held a three-year post-doctoral research fellowship with the Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison and is the founder and former executive director of the Center for Family Policy and Practice in Madison, Wisconsin.