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Academic School

School of Management


51 Fulton Street, Room 222



845-575-3000, ext. 2941

Dr. John (Jay) K. Bainbridge

Associate Professor


Dr. Bainbridge’s research applies statistical and research methods to public sector problems. His current research focuses on trends, causes, and solutions to homelessness, especially with respect to the street homeless. Previous to joining Marist College, he was Assistant Commissioner of Policy and Research at the New York City Department of Homeless Services, and he continues to consult on homeless services policy and planning for national and international cities. 

Working with Bloomberg Associates, he recently guided the first systematic street counts internationally in Mexico City, Bogota, Paris, and Athens. He has published in journals such as the American Journal of Public Health on topics related to homelessness prevention, aging of the homeless population, and the health of the homeless.

He is co-author of the book How Ten Global Cities Take on Homelessness. This book takes on perhaps the most formidable issue facing metropolitan areas today: the large numbers of people experiencing homelessness within cities. Four dedicated experts with first-hand experience profile ten cities—Bogotá, Mexico City, Los Angeles, Houston, Nashville, New York City, Baltimore, Edmonton, Paris, and Athens—to explore ideas, strategies, successes, and failures.


Columbia University, School of Social Work, PhD, Social Policy, May 2002
Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs, Master of Public Administration, May 1991
Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics, January 1987

Research Interests/Areas of Focus

Dr. Bainbridge’s current research interests include trends, causes and solutions to homelessness, especially with respect to the street homeless and the effects of prevention services on families at risk of homelessness.

Selected Publications

Bainbridge, J., Carrizales, T. (2017). Global Homelessness in a Post-Recession World. Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, 24(1).

Bainbridge, J., Melitski, J., Zahradnik, A. G., Lauria, E., Jayaprakash, S., Baron, J. (2015). Predicting At-Risk Students in Online Public Affairs and Administration Education. Journal of Public Affairs Education, 21(2), 247-262. 

Shinn, M., Greer, A. L., Bainbridge, J., Zuiderveen, S., Kwon, J. (2013). Efficient Targeting of Homelessness Prevention for Families. To appear in American Journal of Public Health, 103(S2), S324-S330. 

Culhane, D. P., Metraux, S., Byrne, T., Stino, M., Bainbridge, J. (2013). "The Age Structure of Contemporary Homelessness: Evidence and Implications For Public Policy." Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, John Wiley & Sons Inc. 

Awards and Honors

Civic Engagement Fellow, Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership at Marist College, 2015
Columbia University Public Policy Consortium Fellowship, 2000-2001
MacArthur Network on Families and the Economy Research Grant, 1998-2001
Columbia University School of Social Work Research Assistantship, 1998-2000
Columbia University SIPA Teaching Assistantship, 1990-1991