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. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. During the 2013-2016 academic years, Van Horn is a Visiting Non-Resident Scholar with the Federal Reserve System.
At Rutgers, Van Horn is a member of the university’s graduate faculties of planning and public policy, education, management and labor relations, 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, and 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 held several senior level policymaking positions in government and universities. including 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. President Clinton appointed Van Horn to a Presidential Emergency Board that mediated a contract between labor and management in the railroad industry. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority. From 2010 to 2014, he was a member of New Jersey’s Council of Economic Advisors. Van Horn 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
Other public service appointments 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 In 2004, he Chaired the New Jersey Property Tax Convention Task Force. He was the Vice Chair of New Jersey Governor Jon S. Corzine’s transition in 2005.
Since 1998, Van Horn has served as Neutral Trustee for the United Mine Workers combined health funds. He has been a member of the New Brunswick Cultural Center Board of Directors since 2002.
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.
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
- 2015: Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century (Upjohn Institute Press). Editor and
- 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
- 2015: Introduction to Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century (Kalamazoo, MI: Upjohn
Institute for Employment Research ) With Todd Greene and Tammy Edwards.
- 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.
Articles in Non-refereed or General Journals
- 2015: “New Labor Market Realities Require New Workforce Development Policies,” Upjohn Institute for Employment
Research, Volume 22, Number 1
Sponsored Research Reports
- 2015: The Joys and Disappointments of Older Part-time Workers, Work Trends, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
- 2015: A Tale of Two Workforces: The Benefits and Burdens of Working Part-time, Work Trends, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
- 2014: Left Behind: The Long-term Unemployed Struggle in an Improving Economy, Work Trends, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
- 2014: Unhappy, Worried, and Pessimistic: Americans in the Aftermath of the Great Recession, Work Trends, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
- 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