Carl E. Van Horn, Ph.D.

Director and Distinguished Professor of Public Policy
Areas of Expertise: 

Dislocated Workers, Long-term Unemployment, Older Workers, Research Design, Workforce Policy


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. He is the founding director of Rutgers University’s Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, one of the nation’s leading academic centers on workforce policy and practice. Van Horn is a Distinguished Professor of Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and a member of the university’s graduate faculties of planning and public policy, management and labor relations, education, and political science. He is Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and a Visiting Non-Resident Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Van Horn has written over 100 articles and authored or edited 17 books, including Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream and Transforming Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century. He is frequently sought by national media for his views on labor markets, workforce development, and economic issues. 

Van Horn has held several senior-level policymaking positions in government including Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Director of Policy for the State of New Jersey, Vice Chair of New Jersey Governor-Elect Jon Corzine’s transition, and Senior Economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress. Van Horn was appointed by President William Clinton to a Presidential Emergency Board that mediated a new contract between labor and management in the railroad industry.

Previous 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.

Currently, Van Horn is a Neutral Trustee for the United Mine Workers combined health funds, where he has served since 1998. He is also member of the New Brunswick Cultural Center Board of Directors and. Research Fellow at the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College.

Van Horn has advised 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.

He earned a B.A. in Honors Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science/Public Policy from Ohio State University.

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