Randolph C. Horn
Professor
Howard College of Arts and Sciences
Political Science
104 Russell Hall
rchorn@samford.edu
205-726-2179

Randolph Horn is a professor of Political Science and the assistant vice president for Enrollment Research at Samford University. He has been at Samford since 1996. Horn earned a B.A. in political science and international studies from the University of the South (1987) and an M.A. (1990) and Ph. D. (1993) in political science from the University of Florida. 

 Horn has conducted and been a consultant on state-wide polls in Florida and Alabama covering various topics, such as consumer behavior, economic development, education, electoral politics, public policy, race relations, and recycling. Horn has also directed the annual PARCA Poll since 2007.
 
In addition to his work in polling, Horn has  advised a variety of government and civic groups. In 2003, he was a recipient of the Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the state of Alabama for his service as a technical advisor to the Alabama Citizens’ Constitution Commission. Horn is a former president of the Alabama Political Science Association. Since joining the administrative team at Samford in 2010, Horn has applied a wide range of statistical techniques to address decisions and strategy in areas such as academic program review, facilities and maintenance, marketing and recruitment, retention, and space utilization.

Degrees and Certifications

  • B.A., University of the South
  • M.A.., University of Florida
  • Ph.D., University of Florida

Awards and Honors

  • Invited Participant, GIS and Spatial Modeling for the Undergraduate Social Science Curriculum Columbus, OH Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science NSF funded (Don Janelle, PI), summer 2007.
  • Invited Participant, GIS and Spatial Modeling for the Undergraduate Social Science Curriculum (Declined due to obligations on campus) Columbus, OH Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science NSF funded (Don Janelle, PI), summer 2006.
  • Faculty Development Grant “Context and Culture as Constraints on Individual Behavior” to learn Hierarchical Linear Modeling (HLM) or spatial modeling, Samford University.  Awarded spring 2006.
  • Invited Participant, Spatial Analysis for the Undergraduate Social Science Curriculum, Center for Spatially Integrated Social Science NSF funded (Don Janelle, PI), summer 2005.
  • Fellow, Academic Excellence and Geographic Information Systems (AEGIS) NSF funded (Paul Blanchard and Max Baber, co-PIs).
  • Governor’s Award for Distinguished Service to Alabama for service to the Alabama Citizen’s Constitution Commission, March 28, 2003.
  • Faculty Development Grant to develop state legislative data set, Samford University.  Awarded spring1999.  Project completed summer2001.
  • Ted Robinson Award for the Best Paper on Minority Politics for “Racial Composition and Context: Explaining Racial Threat,” presented by the Southwestern Social Science Association meeting in New Orleans Louisiana, March 1993.

Publications

  • Alabama Public Opinion Survey: 2022” Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (2022) ParcAlabama.org.
  • Alabama Public Opinion Survey: 2021” Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (2021) ParcAlabama.org.
  • “Alabama Public Opinion Survey: 2020” Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (2020) ParcAlabama.org.
  • Alabama Public Opinion Survey: 2019 Edition” Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (2019) ParcAlabama.org.
  • “Alabama Public Opinion Survey” Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (Summer 2018) ParcAlabama.org.
  • Alabama Priorities” Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (Spring 2018) ParcAlabama.org.
  • “Alabama Public Opinion Survey” Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (Spring 2017) ParcAlabama.org.
  • “PARCA Survey 2015: State Policy Challenges.” PARCA Quarterly (2015) Spring: 1-19
  • “PARCA Survey 2014: Education and Aspiration.” PARCA Perspectives (2014) February: 1-15
  • “PARCA Survey 2013: Public Opinion in Alabama.” PARCA Quarterly (2013) Spring: 1-6
  • “PARCA Survey 2011: Fiscal Challenges and State Government.” PARCA Quarterly (2011) Winter: 1-6.
  • “Structuring County Government to Mitigate the Risk Involved in Financing Decisions” (with Jim Williams) Cumberland Law Review(2009-2010) 40(3):855-877.
  • “Public Opinion on the Major Issues in Alabama Politics.” PARCA Quarterly (2010) Winter: 1-7.
  • “PARCA Quarterly” Advisor: Teachers, Employees, Public,State Police and Judicial (2009) May XXXIV(11):1-2.
  • “Public and the State Budget Shortfall” PARCA Quarterly (2009) Winter: 1-4.
  • “Public Attitudes Regarding the Alabama Legislature: PARCA Poll Results” PARCA  Quarterly (2008) Spring: 2-7.

Presentations

  • “Alabama Priorities: Identifying, sharing, and informing the priorities of Alabama citizens.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Alabama Political Science Association in Mobile, Alabama (March 2018)
  • “Alabama Priorities: Identifying, sharing, and informing the priorities of Alabama citizens.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham (February 2018)
  • “Insiders, insurgents and outcasts: The impact of the 2016 elections on people, parties and policies” New Horizons in Birmingham (February 2017)
  • “Presidential Selections: Choosing nominees and Presidents.” Osher Lifelong Living Institute (May 2016)
  • “AASB/PARCA 2016 Survey: State Budget and Education” Presented to Alabama Association of School Boards 2016 School Board Member Academy Conference, Leadership for Financial Academy in Birmingham (March 2016)
  • “Raising Expectations: Results of the 2014 PARCA Survey.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham (January 2014)
  • “PARCA Survey 2013: Public Opinion in Alabama.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham (February 2013)
  • “PARCA Survey 2012: Fiscal Challenges and State Government.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham 27 (January 2012)
  • “PARCA Survey 2011: Fiscal Challenges and State Government.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham (February 2011)
  • “Strategic Approaches to Market Identification” (with Tatyana Karaman) Presented to the Samford Recruitment Retreat at Lake Guntersville (August 2010)
  • “Statewide Issues: What Alabamians Think.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham (February 2010)
  • “Structuring County Government to Mitigate the Risk  Involved in Financing Decisions” (with Jim Williams) Presented to the Jefferson County Sewer Debacle symposium at Cumberland School of Law (January 2010)
  • “The Alabama Constitution: Origins and Controversies” (with Carol Ann Vaughn Cross)Presentation to the University Fellows Roundtable (January 2010)