Dr. Margaret Pate

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice


Office: CHBS Building, Room 5403
Phone: 540-831-6339
E-Mail: mpate1@radford.edu


  • Ph.D., University of Florida
  • B.A., B.S., M.S., Niagara University

Dr. Pate joined the Radford University faculty in 2014.

Fall 2017 Classes

  • CRJU 100 T/R 8-9:15 a.m.
  • CRJU 385 T/R 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • CRJU 670 (online)

Office Hours: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Tuesday/Thursday or by appointment (email mpate1@radford.edu for appointment)


Dr. Pate's research interests include the decision-making process that begins with the apprehension of a suspect all the way to conviction for the various actors in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, attorneys, and jurors, specifically decisions about evidence and perceptions of guilt. Dr. Pate also conducts research on interrogations and confessions. Dr. Pate is also interested in issues of wrongful conviction and life after one has been exonerated.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Pate presented findings from her dissertation on the videotaped interrogations of juveniles at the American Society of Criminology conference in San Francisco, CA. Dr. Pate was also given an award for her outstanding mentorship of undergraduate students in her final year of graduate study at the University of Florida.