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Steve Graves - Geography and Environmental Science

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Steve Graves Profile

Telephone: 818-677-3517





Steve Graves is the 6th of 7 children from a small industrial city in Ohio. He holds degrees from Ohio State, Ohio University, Miami of Ohio and the University of Illinois. In addition to a host of lower division courses, he teaches medical geography, crime geography and business geography at California State University. Steve loves to travel, read nerdy fiction, watch college football and listen to music.



  • 2019 Graves, Steven M. Hip Hop 101: Enhancing Instruction in Introductory Human Geography in Higher Learning: Hip Hop in the Ivory Tower (Karin Stanford and Charles E. Jones, eds.) Baltimore: Black Classic Press.
  • 2018 Graves, Steven. Being the First to Go to College in Learning from the Learners: Successful College Students Share Their Effective Learning Habits. (Berry, et. al. eds) New York: Roman & Littlefield.
  • 2015 Graves, Steven M. Introduction to Human Geography: A Disciplinary Approach (eText)
  • 2013 Graves, Steven. Movin’ On Up: Gentrified Landscapes On Television in The Right to Stay Put. (Giorgio Curti and James Craine eds.) Stuttgart: Franz Steiner-Verlag Publisher.
  • 2011 Kubrin, Charis, Gregory Squires, Steven M. Graves and Graham C. Ousey. Does Fringe Banking Exacerbate Neighborhood Crime Rates? Investigating the Social Ecology of Payday Lending. in Criminology and Public Policy. 10(2).
  • 2005 Graves, Steven and Christopher Peterson. Predatory Lending and the Military: The Law and Geography of “Payday” Loans in Military Towns. The Ohio State Law Journal. 66(4):653-832.
  • 2003 Graves, Steven. Landscapes of Predation, Landscapes of Neglect: A Location Analysis of Payday Lenders and Banks. Professional Geographer. 55(3): 303-317.

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