William Graves is an associate professor and John H. Biggs Faculty Fellow in the department of geography and earth sciences at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During 2005-06 Graves was a GlaxoSmithKline Faculty Fellow in the Economic Development of North Carolina at the Institute for Emerging Issues at North Carolina State University. He teaches courses on the geography of North Carolina, the geography of knowledge and information, retail location and business applications of geographic information systems.
Graves has a doctorate in geography from the University of Georgia (2000); a master of arts in geography from the University of Georgia (1994); bachelor of arts in geography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990) and a bachelor of arts in physics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990).
Impacts of economic change in the southeastern United States, particularly the development of advanced services within the urban South. A central theme of this research has been the role of financial systems in southern industrial transformation. A secondary line of research examines the impacts of globalization on Charlotte's urban form. Some of this work appeared in Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of a New South City published by the University of Georgia Press.