Research Areas

Journalism; Media; U.S. Politics; Gender Issues; Social Justice Issues


M.S., University of Arizona

B.S. Ed., University of Texas at Austin


Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism

Florence's Extended Biography at the SIIJ

Schuster Institute Investigations Slavery Now & Then

Investigating Power

Columbia Journalism Review: "What We Investigate is Linked to Who We Are" (pdf)

Florence George Graves

Florence George Graves

Florence George Graves

Florence George Graves is the founding director of Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, where a staff of journalists conducts major investigations on issues related to political and social justice. The first investigative reporting center based at a university, the Institute hires students as research assistants, giving them a unique opportunity to learn the critical thinking and research skills of investigative reporting. As an investigative reporter and magazine editor, Graves’s work has focused on exposing political, government and corporate abuses of power, particularly in Washington, D.C., and her work has led to congressional hearings, government probes, and several reforms in public policies.

Working as an investigative reporter for The Washington Post, Graves and a colleague broke the story exposing sexual misconduct allegations about Senator Bob Packwood of Oregon, which led to his resignation. She founded the national political and investigative journal, Common Cause Magazine. Her work has received numerous national awards, including the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award. She also received the National Magazine Award for General Excellence, which honors the editing and overall presentation of a magazine-- the highest award in magazine publishing.

Current Projects

On leave for the current academic year.

Representative Publications

Graves, Florence and Kehaulani, Sara. “Boeing Parts and Rules Bent, Whistleblowers Say.” The Washington Post, April 17, 2006.

Graves, Florence. “Packwood Accused of Sexual Advance.” Washington Post, November 22, 1992.