Journal of Academic Ethics

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 219–243 | Cite as

The Charles Koch Foundation and Contracted Universities: Evidence from Disclosed Agreements

  • S. Douglas BeetsEmail author


Since 2000, the Charles Koch Foundation (CKF) has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to US universities in contractual exchanges. Many of these contracts have dictated the establishment or support of a CKF-affiliated center or institute on campus and university employment of CKF-affiliated tenured or tenure-track professors who agree to promote the CKF philosophy of minimal government regulation of business. While many in the academic community are opposed to these contracts because of concerns about academic freedom and the transfer of university decision-making from the campus to the external wealthy, the CKF has successfully forged many such contracts with universities. While most of these contracts are undisclosed, 14 of these contracts were obtained and analyzed to determine what the CKF has been purchasing from these universities.


Charles Koch Foundation Academic freedom University centers University institutes Wealthy donors Curriculum control University agreements Agreement transparency 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Wake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

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