Kim Lane Scheppele provides scholarly insight on matters of current affairs

Sept. 2, 2022

An August 4 visit to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas by Viktor Orbán, Prime Minister of Hungary, generated a flurry of media attention, and Kim Lane Scheppele, Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the Princeton School for Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values, was interviewed by various news outlets to share her expert opinion. Orbán's CPAC speech provoked controversy invoking replacement theory and describing "races" using Nazi language. Professor Scheppele explains that "for the first time Orbán used language that had not been heard since the 1930s and '40s."

Professor Scheppele's media coverage related to Orbán's CPAC visit includes:

NBC News, quoted in the article written by Patrick Smith, "Why Trump and the GOP love Hungary's authoritarian leader."

Democracy Now! interviewed by Amy Goodman, "Hungary PM Viktor Orbán addresses CPAC as American right embraces his authoritarian rule."

National Public Radio (NPR)/WBUR show Here and Now, interviewed by Peter O'Dowd, "Why are Trump Republicans embracing Hungarian leader Orbán?"

PBS Newshour, interviewed by Laura Barrón-López, "America's far-right embraces Hungary's autocratic president." 

The New York Times, quoted in the article written by Blake Hounshell, "Why American Conservatives love Viktor Orbán."

The Associated Press, quoted in the article written by Nicholas Riccardi and Justin Spike, "Embrace for Hungary's Orbán deepens among US conservatives."

ABC News, quoted in the article written by Alexandra Hutzler, "Why are conservatives welcoming Hungary's divisive Viktor Orban at CPAC?"

BBC News Mundo, quoted in the article written by Gerardo Lissardy, "Por qué la derecha en EE.UU. admira tanto a Viktor Orbán y su gobierno en Hungría."

The Independent, quoted in the article written by Alexandra Ulmer, "US conservative conference starring Hungary's Viktor Orban shines a light on Republican divide." 

On a separate subject, also of note, Professor Scheppele provided commentary on how the U.S. Supreme Court compares with other high courts around the world. She was interviewed by Henry Gass, a staff writer for the Christian Science Monitor for the story, "High court is US ‘decider.’ How other nations check judiciary." The article was published on August 4.