Bradley D. Custer is a senior policy analyst for Postsecondary Education at American Progress. He previously worked in student affairs administration at three higher education institutions. As a researcher, he studies policies that are barriers for college students who were previously involved in the criminal justice system. His research is published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of higher education, criminal justice, and law, including Research in Higher Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Journal of College and University Law.

Custer holds a doctorate in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University, a master’s in student affairs in higher education from Wright State University, and bachelor’s in both instrumental music education and French from Capital University.