Tony G. Reames is an assistant professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and Director of the Urban Energy Justice Lab, which conducts research on topics at the intersection of energy and equity. Dr. Reames is affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Systems, Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, Energy Institute, and UM Poverty Solutions initiative.
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 is a JPB Environmental Health Fellow at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health
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 is also a member of the 2019 class of the Oakland County, Michigan Elite 40 under 40, an initiative of 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. He is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network to improve public policy and strengthen democracy. Dr. Reames is also 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 organizations to conduct community-based participatory research (CBPR) around the intersection of heat, housing, and health. He is also a part of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) Community Action Research Network (CAR-Net)
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 8 years as a combat engineer officer, reaching the rank of Captain, and was deployed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.