Director, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
30 Livingston Avenue, Room 305
Phone (848) 932-1153
Fax (732) 932-3454
- Employment policy
- Economic development
- Education policy
- State government and federalism
- Policy analysis and evaluation
- Public Policy Formation 34:833:510:01 (Fall 2008)
- Policy Analysis and Formation
- Research Practicum
- Labor Market Policy
- Higher Education Policy
- Member or chair or several Ph.D. dissertation committees
Selected Recent Publications:
- Carl Van Horn. Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession and Restoring the Shattered American Dream. 2013. 195 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Mark Szeltner, and Cliff Zukin. Work Trends: Diminished Lives and Futures: A Portrait of America in the Great Recession Era. February 2013. 46 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Charley Stone, and Mark Szeltner. Work Trends: Left Out. Forgotten? Recent High School Graduates and the Great Recession. June 2012. 60 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Charley Stone, and Cliff Zukin. Chasing the American Dream: Recent College Graduates and the Great Recession. May 2012. 66 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Charley Stone, and Cliff Zukin. Categorizing the Unemployed by the Impact of the Recession. December 2011. 10 pages.
- Carl Van Horn and Aaron Fichter. "Eligible Training Provider Lists and Consumer Report Cards," in The Workforce Investment Act—Implementation Experiences and Evaluation Findings. 2011. 20 pages.
- Carl Van Horn and Cliff Zukin. The Long-Term Unemployed and Unemployment Insurance: Evidence from a Panel Study of Workers Who Lost a Job During the Great Recession. November 2011. 29 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Charley Stone, and Cliff Zukin. Work Trends: Out of Work and Losing Hope: The Misery and Bleak Expectation of American Workers. September 2011. 65 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Christopher King, and Tara Smith. Identifying Gaps and Setting Priorities for Employment and Training Research. July 2011. 129 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Jessica Godofsky, and Cliff Zukin. Work Trends: Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy. May 2011. 41 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, et al. Degrees for What Jobs? Raising Expectations for Universities and Colleges in a Global Economy. March 2011. 52 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Nicole Corre, and Maria Heidkamp. Older Workers, the Great Recession, and the Impact of Long-Term Unemployment. Feb 2011. 7 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Jessica Godofsy, and Cliff Zukin. Work Trends: The Shattered American Dream: Unemployed Workers Lose Ground, Hope and Faith in their Futures. December 2010. 45 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Nicole Corre, and Maria Heidkamp. The "New Unemployables": Older Workers Struggle to Find Work During the Great Recession. November 2010. 24 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Jessica Godofsky, and Cliff Zukin. Work Trends: American Workers Assess an Economic Disaster. September 2010. 35 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Debbie Borie-Holtz, and Cliff Zukin. Work Trends: No End in Sight: The Agony of Prolonged Unemployment. May 2010. 53 pages.
- Carl Van Horn and Nicole Corre. The Labor Market, Then and Now: Changing Realities in the 21st Century. Feb 2010. 21 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Mark Szeltner, and Cliff Zukin. Unemployed Workers and the Great Recession: Findings from Work Trends Surveys. 2009-2010. 19 pages.
- Carl Van Horn and Cliff Zukin. What a Difference a Decade Makes: The Declining Job Satisfaction of the American Worker. December 2009.
- Carl Van Horn and Cliff Zukin. The No Confidence Economy. November 2009.
- Carl Van Horn, Allison Kopicki, and Kathy Krepcio. Leveraging State Economic Development Resources to Create Job Opportunities for People with Disabilities. October 2009. 9 pages
- Carl Van Horn, et al. A Profile of Nanotechnology Degree Programs in the United States. May 2009. 46 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Jennifer Cleary, and Aaron Fichter. The Workforce Needs of Pharmaceutical Companies in New Jersey That Use Nanotechnology: Preliminary. May 2009. 12 pages.
- Carl Van Horn, Allison Kopicki, and Cliff Zukin. Healthy at Work? Unequal Access to Employer Wellness Programs. May 2009. 15 pages.
- Carl Van Horn. The Distressed American Worker. April 2009. 7 pages.
- Carl Van Horn (Editor), and William Foster (Editor). Starting Out: Navigating Life After Graduation. 2008. 450 pages.
- Maria Heidkamp and Carl E. Van Horn, “Older and Out of Work: Employer, Government and Non-Profit Assistance,” Sloan Center for Aging and Work (October 2008).
- Maria Heidkamp and Carl E. Van Horn, “ Older and Out of Work: Trends and Employer, Government and Non-Profit Assistance", Sloan Center on Aging and Work, September and October 2008
- Van Horn, Carl E. “The Anxious American Workers” Human Resources Development Quarterly, December 2006
- Van Horn, Carl E., et al, Work Trends: Americans’ Attitudes about Work, Employers, and Public Policy, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University, 1998 to Present, series of 18 reports, co-author.
- Van Horn, Carl E., and Pierson-Balik, Denise, Enhancing Lifelong Learning Opportunities for Adult Workers, J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University, 2005.
- Van Horn, Carl E., Rodgers, William M., Ridley, Neil, and Harrington, Laurie, Getting Back to Work: New Public/Private Strategies for Laid-Off American Workers, John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Rutgers University, 2004, co-author.
- Van Horn, Carl E., and Schaffner, Herb, America at Work: History, Society, Policy (two volumes), ABC-CLIO, 2003, co-editor and contributor.
Carl Van Hornis 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 a 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 90 articles and 15 books, including Working Scared (Or Not at All): The Lost Decade, Great Recession, and Restoring the Shattered American Dream and the fourth edition of Politics and Public Policy: Strategic Actors and Policy Domains. 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 2013-2014 academic year, 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.