Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
- 30 Livingston Avenue, Room 305
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- Employment policy
- Economic development
- Education policy
- State government and federalism
- Policy analysis and evaluation
Carl Van Horn is a widely recognized expert on workforce, human resources, and employment policy issues with extensive experience in public and private sector policymaking. Van Horn is the founding director of the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, one of the nation’s leading academic centers on workforce policy and practice. Van Horn is Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. On the Rutgers faculty since 1978, he is a member of the university’s graduate faculties of planning and public policy, management and labor relations, education, and political science. He has written over 100 articles and 17 books, including Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream, the fourth edition of Politics and Public Policy: Strategic Actors and Policy Domains and the co-editor of Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century.. He is frequently sought by national media for his views on labor, workforce, and economic issues.
Van Horn has also held several senior level policymaking positions in government and universities. He has been Director of Policy for the State of New Jersey, Senior Economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and Chair of the Public Policy Department at Rutgers. Past board memberships include the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology, New Jersey Transit, the Amtrak Reform Commission of the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Special Arbitration Committee on Labor Protection for Amtrak Employees.
He was appointed by President Clinton to a Presidential Emergency Board to mediate a new contract between labor and management in the railroad industry. He has served as Neutral Trustee for the United Mine Workers combined health funds since 1998. Van Horn has been a member of the New Brunswick Cultural Center Board of Directors since 2002. In 2004, he was appointed Chair of the New Jersey Property Tax Convention Task Force. He was the Vice Chair of New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corrine’s transition in 2005. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. In 2010, he was appointed by Governor Chris Christie to New Jersey’s Council of Economic Advisors.
He has advised and consulted with a myriad of public and private organizations on human resources, training, education, and management issues, including the U.S. Departments of Labor and Education and the National Science Foundation. In 2005, he was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Public Service by Muskingum College. In 2008, he was appointed a Research Fellow at the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College. During the 2013-2015 academic years, Van Horn is a Visiting Non-Resident Scholar with the Federal Reserve System.
He earned a B.A. in Honors Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Ph.D. in Political Science/Public Policy from Ohio State University.
- Public Policy Formation
- Policy Research Practicum I & II
- 2013: Politics and Public Policy, 4th Editon, (CQ Press) With Donald Baumer
- 2014: Working Scared ( or Not At All); Revised Edition; (Rowman & Littlefield)
- 2013: Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession and Restoring the Shattered American Dream, Rowman & Littlefield, 2013
Chapters in Books or Monographs
- 2013: “Unemployed Workers and the Great Recession: Findings from Work Trends Surveys, 2009-2011 in Policy Responses to the New Economy, Edited by Christopher King, University of Texas-Austin. with Cliff Zukin and Mark Szeltner.
- 2011: ” Eligible Training Provider Lists and Consumer Report Cards,” in The Workforce Investment Act, Edited by Phoebe Cottingham and Douglas Besharov, Upjohn Press, With Aaron Fichtner
Articles in Non-refereed or General Journals
- 2011: ” Older Workers, The Great Recession, and The Impact of Long-Term unemployment”, Public Policy & Aging Report, National Academy on an Aging Society, Vol 21, No 2. (Spring 2011), 29-33. With Nicole Corre and Maria Heidkamp
Sponsored Research Reports
- 2013: Diminished Lives and Futures: A Portrait of America in the Great Recession Era: Work Trends Report. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. February 2013. With Cliff Zukin and Mark Szeltner
- 2012: Left Out: Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession: Work Trends Report. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. June 2012. With Cliff Zukin
- 2012: Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession. Work Trends Report. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, May 2012. With Cliff Zukin
- 2011: Identifying Gaps and Setting Priorities for Employment and Training Research. U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, July 2011. With Chris King and Tara Smith
- 2011: ” Out of Work and Losing Hope: The Misery and Bleak Expectations of American Workers, Work Trends Report, Heldrich Cener for Workforce Development. With Cliff Zukin
- 2011: “Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy. ” Work Trends Report, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development. With Cliff Zukin and Jessica Godofsky
- 2010: ” The Shattered American Dream: Unemployed Workers Lose Ground, Hope, and Faith in their Futures.” Work Trends Report, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, December 2010. With Cliff Zukin
- 2010: “No End in Sight: The Agony of Prolonged Unemployment” (Heldrich Center for Workforce Development Rutgers University, May 2010. With Cliff Zukin
- 2010: American Assess and Economic Disaster;(Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University, September 2010.With Cliff Zukin
- 2010: “The New Unemployables: Older Workers Struggle to Find Work During the Great Recession” Sloan Center for Aging and Work (November 2010) With Maria Heidkamp and Nicole Corre.