William Tate
Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Graduate Education


  • Race and diversity
  • Science
  • Urban education

William F. Tate IV is the Edward Mallinckrodt distinguished university professor in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis. He currently serves as dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and vice provost for graduate education. For the past decade, his research has focused on the development of epidemiological and geospatial models to explain the social determinants of educational attainment as well as health and developmental outcomes. He served as a member of a multi-disciplinary group studying the health, development, and well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region. His book project, titled “Research on Schools, Neighborhoods, and Communities: Toward Civic Responsibility,” reflects his interest in the geography of opportunity in metropolitan America. Tate has a particular interest in STEM attainment. Ongoing research projects include understanding the distal and social factors that predict STEM degree attainment broadly defined to include highly quantitative social sciences disciplines (e.g., economics). His co-edited book, “Beyond Stock Stories and Folktales: African Americans’ Paths to STEM Fields,” captures this research direction.