Prior to coming to PBA, Dr. Barnhart served full-time on the faculties of Florida Atlantic University, Lander University and Furman University. While at Lander University, she was the Director of the Center for Economic Education, where she organized activities intended to assist high school teachers teaching economics courses for high school students. She also coordinated Clemson University's MBA program at Lander University.
Since moving to Florida, she has taught at Florida Atlantic University and served as the editor of the Tax section of the Bankrate Monitor. She has written several tax and personal finance articles published on Internet Web sites, including Bankrate, Yahoo and USA Today. She is also a visiting scholar with the Federal Reserve Bank in Atlanta. Her academic publications include articles in Public Choice, The Journal of Futures Markets, Corporate Finance Review and Financial Practice and Education.
Her current research interests include the historical distribution of returns in emerging industries and the effects of central bank intervention on currency markets. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach, where she has been active in various children's ministry programs.