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Charles Koch Institute

Supporting the study of free societies and the ideas, institutions, and values that maximize well-being.

  • Research

    Southern Illinois University professor Tammy Kochel wants communities to be able to trust their police officers. See how her work is helping the U.S. Department of Justice and the St. Louis County Police Department understand the breakdown of trust in Ferguson, Missouri.

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  • Faculty

    Rajshree Agarwal, director of the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise and Markets at the University of Maryland, encourages students to identify their gifts and consider how they can leverage those skills in the economy while embracing the hard work of excellence and happiness.

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  • Students

    Students from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley see the erosion of incomes on the Texas-Mexico border firsthand, and they want to do something about it. See how a Charles Koch Foundation reading group has helped them better understand the problem and take action.

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You have to be willing to confront ideas that are different than your own and that might make you a little uncomfortable. It allows you to grow as an individual, because it allows you to communicate clearly and practice listening in order to analyze and mutually understand. Josiah Keilson, student at North Carolina State University

Learn how a seminar with Professor Andrew Taylor helped Josiah confront and challenge new ideas.

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High Point University economics professors Stephanie Crofton and Daniel Hall understand that learning means doing, so they’re using a student-developed app to help simulate market transactions in the classroom.

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Brandon Davis, a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama, is using a Charles Koch Foundation grant to complete his dissertation, which explores how our criminal justice system can break up families and communities.

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