Steven Driever, Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus

Office: Flarsheim Hall 420
Ph: (816) 235-1334


Emeritus Professor Driever came to UMKC in 1977 and retired in 2015.  He is a former Chair of the Geosciences Department as well as a former Director of the Urban Studies Program of the College of Arts and Sciences.  His research has focused on economic development of Latin America, the historical geography of Spain, literary geography, and the geography of travel writing.


GEOG 200 and 202 World Geography

GEOG 309 Urban Geography

GEOG 332 Cultural Geography

GEOG 333 Geographic Elements of Urban Planning,

GEOG 342 Geography of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean

GEOG 341 Geography of South America

GEOG 437 Population Geography,

GEOG 499WI Senior Seminar in Geography and Urban Studies

Academic Credentials

BA degree in Geography, University of Virginia

MS degree in Geography, Northwestern University

PhD degree in Geography, University of Georgia.

Recent Publications

Driever, S. (2016) Beyond the Narrative: An Intertextual Reading of Harry Franck’s Travel Writing on Haiti, 1919-1938, Literary Geographies, Vol. 2(2), pp. 164-181.

Driever, S. (2016) Humor in Work: The Construction of the Panama Canal as uniquely portrayed in Harry Franck’s Zone Policeman, in Os Sentidos do Humor: Possibilidades de Análise do Cômico, ed. by Lucía Aranda and Thaís Leão Vieira (São Paulo: Edições Verona), pp. 291-300.

Bagheri, N. and S. Driever. (2018) Geographic patterns of language and bilingualism in the United States, Papers in Applied Geography, Vol. 4(1), pp. 83-99.

Driever, S.  and N. Bagheri. (2018) Heritage Languages and Bilingualism in the United States, in S. Brunn and R. Kehrein (ed.) Handbook of the Changing World Language Map (Springer, Cham).

Mbih, R.A., S. Driever, K.S. Ndzeidze, M.J. Mbuh, C.S. Bongadzem, and H.M. Wirngo. (2018) Fulani pastoralists’ settlement transformation process: A sustainable development approach in the Western Highlands of Cameroon. Environment, Development and Sustainability: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development, Vol. 20(2), pp. 789-807.