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Bradley D. Custer

Ph.D. Candidate, Michigan State University

Dr. Bradley D. Custer is a recent graduate of the higher, adult, and lifelong education Ph.D. program at Michigan State University. His research focuses on policies and laws that affect the ability of system-impacted people to go to college. His professional experience in higher education includes student and academic affairs work at a community college, a research university, and a comprehensive university.


  • –present
    Ph.D. Candidate, Michigan State University
  • 2012–2015
    Student Conduct Coordinator, Moraine Valley Community College


  • 2019 
    Michigan State University, Ph.D./ Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education
  • 2012 
    Wright State University, M.A./ Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration
  • 2010 
    Capital University, B.A./ French
  • 2010 
    Capital University, B.M./ Music Education


  • 2019
    Understanding the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, Then and Now, Journal of College and University Law
  • 2018
    Criminal background checks in university housing: An analysis of housing discrimination and state laws, Journal of College and University Student Housing
  • 2018
    Applying to university with criminal convictions: a comparative study of admissions policies in the United States and United Kingdom, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
  • 2018
    Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Compliance at Michigan Community Colleges, Community College Journal of Research and Practice
  • 2018
    Reconsidering Policy Barriers for Justice-Involved College Students, Journal of College Access
  • 2017
    Variations in State Sex Offender Statutes: Implications for U.S. Higher Education, Criminal Justice Policy Review
  • 2016
    College Admission Policies for Ex-Offender Students: A Literature Review, Journal of Correctional Education
  • 2013
    Why College Admissions Policies for Students with Felony Convictions Are Not Working at One Institution, College and University
  • 2013
    Admission Denied: A Case Study of an Ex-Offender, Journal of College Admission

Professional Memberships

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education
  • Association for Student Conduct Administration