Kim Lane Scheppele

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values; Director, Program in Law and Normative Thinking
Office Phone
Wallace Hall, Room 118

Kim Lane Scheppele is the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs in the School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton.  From 2005-2010, she served as Director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs.  Scheppele's work focuses on the intersection of constitutional and international law, particularly in constitutional systems under stress.  After 1989, Scheppele studied the emergence of constitutional law in Hungary and Russia, living in both places for extended periods. After 9/11, Scheppele researched the effects of the international "war on terror" on constitutional protections around the world.  Since 2010, she has focused on the return of constitutional authoritarianism to Eastern Europe and the development (and potential solution) to the rule of law problems in the EU.  Her many publications on both post-1989 constitutional transitions, post-9/11 constitutional challenges and post-2010 new authoritarianisms have appeared in law reviews, social science journals and multiple languages. Scheppele is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the International Academy of Comparative Law.  She received the Kalven Prize of the Law and Society Association in 2014 for having created body of scholarship influential in the law and society field.  She is a public commentator on comparative constitutional law, the state of Europe, and the transformation of Hungary from a constitutional-democratic state to one that risks breaching constitutional principles of the European Union.  Scheppele joined the Princeton faculty in 2005 after nearly a decade on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law, where she was the John J. O'Brien Professor of Comparative Law.   From 1984-1996, she held a primary academic appointment in political science at the University of Michigan.   She has taught on the law faculties at Yale, Humboldt University - Berline, Erasmus University - Rotterdam and in 2017 will teach at Harvard Law School.