Tony G. Reames is an assistant professor in the new School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Systems, Energy Institute, and Poverty Solutions initiative. He leads the Urban Energy Justice Lab which studies topics at the intersection of energy and equity. Dr. Reames is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network to improve public policy and strengthen democracy.
Tony 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 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. Dr. Reames is a 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-based organizations to conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR) around the intersection of heat, housing, and health.
Prior to his academic career, Tony worked in civil engineering design and review in both the private and public sectors. He is a licensed Professional Engineer. He is also a U.S. Army veteran, serving most of his time as a combat engineer officer, reaching the rank of Captain, and was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.