Tony G. Reames is an assistant professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability and director of the Urban Energy Justice Lab at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He has a PhD in public administration from The University of Kansas, a Masters in engineering management from Kansas State University, and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University.
Dr. Reames was named to the 2019 Grist 50 Fixers list. Each year, Grist “scours the sustainability space to find up-and-coming people doing potentially game-changing work” for its 50 chosen honorees. Grist reports that it received close to 1,200 nominations for its 2019 cohort. He was also named to Midwest Energy News’ 40 Under 40 which highlights emerging leaders throughout the region and their work in America’s transition to a clean energy economy. Dr. Reames was also a member of the 2019 class of the Oakland County, Michigan Elite 40 under 40, an initiative of former County Executive L. Brooks Patterson that recognizes and spotlights dynamic leaders under the age of 40 who are making a difference in Oakland County and beyond.
Dr. Reames conducts research in the emerging field of energy justice, which investigates fair and equitable access to affordable, reliable, and clean energy technology. His research employs energy analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and policy analysis tools to study disparities in urban residential energy dynamics focusing on the production and persistence of spatial, racial, and socioeconomic inequality. At the University of Michigan, Dr. Reames is affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Systems, Graham Sustainability Institute, Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, Energy Institute, UM Poverty Solutions initiative, Science, Technology, and Public Policy (STPP) Program, the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) Community Action Research Network (CAR-Net). Dr. Reames is also a founding-member of the Heat Waves, Housing and Health (HHH) Steering Committee, a partnership established in 2016 between an interdisciplinary team of academics and leaders of 5 Detroit community organizations to conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR) around the intersection of heat, housing, and health.
He is also a member of Scholars Strategy Network, Domicology Network, Urban Affairs Association, American Society for Public Administration, and Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management.
Prior to his academic career, Tony worked in civil engineering design and review in both the private and public sectors, and is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE). He is also a U.S. Army veteran, serving 8 years as a combat engineer officer, reaching the rank of Captain, and was deployed to combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003-2004).
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