Jerry V. Graves, Ph.D. is a consultant, researcher, and educator who is committed to preparing students for impactful roles in the public sector. After working in local government for over a decade, he founded Graves Public Services, LLC, a New Orleans-based consulting firm that specializes in environmental planning and emergency management. Dr. Graves was a founding board member of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association (NHMA) and is a current board member for Anglers Bettering Louisiana’s Estuaries (ABLE), a local nonprofit established for the purpose of engaging students in coastal restoration.
His primary research interests include environmental justice and emergency management. Dr. Graves’s research has been published by the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters and the American Bar Association. He recently authored content for several upcoming publications on topics ranging from qualitative research methods to agricultural and fishery disaster policy.
Dr. Graves is also a member of the emergency and security studies program faculty at Tulane University, where he has taught emergency management and critical infrastructure protection courses. Additionally, he is a member of the master of public administration program faculty and teaches public budgeting courses at the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Graves earned a doctorate in urban studies and master’s degree in public administration from the University of New Orleans. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.