Dr. Pate joined the department as chair in 2011 having served as chair of the Department of History and Geography at Columbus State University since 2004. Her research interests incude late imperial Russian labor history, political theory and intellectual history. She regularly presents her research at the Association for the Study of East European and Eurasian Studies annual meeting, the Southern Conference on Slavic Studies, and particpates in the Study Group on the Russian Revolution. She is currently completing a book on the history of the Russian worker which is under cntract with Bloomsbury Academic.