Assistant Professor of Economics
Javier received a B.Acc. in accounting and economics from Loyola University New Orleans. He went on to
earn an M.S. and is completing a Ph.D. in economics at Florida State University. He served as an
instructor at Florida State, and while there was the recipient of the BB&T Dissertation Fellowship and
the Michael J. Piette Dissertation Fellowship. His research interests are public economics, law and
economics, and experimental economics.
Instructor of Physics
Matthew received a B.S. in physics from the University of South Carolina, and will receive an M.S. in
physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham this August. He served as a teaching assistant at
both institutions, receiving the Outstanding Senior Teaching Assistant award from UAB’s Department of
Physics. He also received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award from the American Association of
Physics Teachers in 2017.
Visiting Assistant Professor of Marketing
Ream received a B.A. in business administration from The American University in Cairo, Egypt, followed
by an M.B.A. from Indiana University, and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of South Florida. She
has taught at Fort Hays State University, the University of South Florida, and the University of South
Florida St. Petersburg. She works as a non-profit marketing consultant and is the owner of a Yogurt
Sebastían Troncoso Naranjo
Visiting Instructor of Mathematics
Sebastían received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in mathematics from Pontificia Universidad
Católica de Chile, and is completing a Ph.D. in mathematics from Michigan State University. He served as
a teaching assistant at both universities. He also served as the tutoring center supervisor and lead
teaching assistant at Michigan State. His research interests include uniform boundedness conjecture,
arithmetic dynamics, Diophantine geometry, and non-Archimedean analysis.
Assistant Professor of Creative and Applied Computing
Amber earned a B.S. in computer science and an M.S. in information systems from Kennesaw State
University. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of Alabama. She began her
teaching career as a computer science instructor and database administrator for the Alabama School of
Fine Arts. She served as the Associate Director of Technology Planning and Strategy for Kennesaw State
University. Her most recent positions include teaching and research positions at the University of
Alabama and Kennesaw State University.