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Randolph Horn

Randolph C. Horn

Political Science

Professor

Degrees

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

Biography

Randolph Horn was born in Opelika, Ala., but grew up in Bessemer.After witnessing the impact of a civil war in Namibia, he began to see the importance and impact politics has on society. At that point, he found that political science was the area he felt worthy of study. He is especially excited by the ability of political science to show that policy makers listen to the public, and he feels that makes his field of study worthwhile.

Horn always had a desire to teach at a small university in the South, and because he grew up close to Samford, he already knew it was a good school and liked the direction the university was going. He joined our faculty in1996, and throughout his years here he has enjoyed the students most of all. He loves working with Samford students because he finds them highly motivated,intelligent and concerned for the world around them rather than just themselves. He enjoys seeing his students change and grow in their time at Samford, and feels privileged to work with them.

Apart from teaching political science, Horn plays the mandolin at his church, All Saints Episcopal in Homewood, and coordinates the praise band there as well.

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

  • “Public Attitudes Regarding the Alabama Legislature: PARCA Poll Results” PARCA  Quarterly (2008) Spring: 2-7.
  • “Public and the State Budget Shortfall” PARCA Quarterly (2009) Winter: 1-4.
  • “PARCA Quarterly” Advisor: Teachers, Employees, Public,State Police and Judicial (2009) May XXXIV(11):1-2.
  • “Public Opinion on the Major Issues in Alabama Politics.” PARCA Quarterly (2010) Winter: 1-7.
  • “Structuring County Government to Mitigate the Risk Involved in Financing Decisions” (with Jim Williams) Cumberland Law Review(2009-2010) 40(3):855-877.
  • “PARCA Survey 2011: Fiscal Challenges and State Government.” PARCA Quarterly (2011) Winter: 1-6.

Presentations

  • “The Alabama Constitution: Origins and Controversies” (with Carol Ann Vaughn Cross)Presentation to the University Fellows Roundtable 5 January 2010.
  • “Statewide Issues: What Alabamians Think.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham 5February 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 29 January 2010.
  • “Strategic Approaches to Market Identification” (with Tatyana Karaman) Presented to the Samford Recruitment Retreat at Lake Guntersville 3 August 2010.
  • “PARCA Survey 2011: Fiscal Challenges and State Government.” Presented to the annual meeting of the Public Affairs Council of Alabama in Birmingham 4 February 2011.

Contact Information

Howard College of Arts and Sciences

Political Science Department

Samford University
800 Lakeshore Drive
Birmingham, AL 35229

Office: SAMFD 200

Phone: (205) 726-2179

Fax: (205) 726-4038