Christine Custis


Institute for Advanced Study Civic Science Fellow



Project focus: The Fellow will support the research projects of Alondra Nelson’s Science, Technology, and Social Values Lab, including the international and interdisciplinary AI Policy and Governance Working Group.

Christine Custis is the Civic Science Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., where she is a member of the Science, Technology, and Social Values Lab. A computer scientist and organizational strategist who has worked across industry, civil society, and academia, she has more than two decades of experience in the development and governance of emerging science and technology. Christine was Director of Programs and Research at the Partnership on AI (PAI), a nonprofit, multisector coalition of organizations committed to the responsible use of artificial intelligence. At PAI, she oversaw the research, analysis, and development of a range of AI-related resources, from policy recommendations and publications to tools, while leading workstreams on labor and political economy; transparency and accountability; AI safety; inclusive research and design, and the public understanding of AI. An expert of both domestic and international policy, Christine served as a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) expert group on trustworthy AI and previously worked at the MITRE Corporation and IBM. She has advised and collaborated with a range of organizations, including the Global Democracy Coalition, the US National Institute of Standards and Technology, the US National AI Research Resource Task Force, the New America Open Technology Institute, the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, and many others. She holds a M.S. degree in computer science from Howard University and received her Ph.D. from Morgan State University.