Kim Lane Scheppele

Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs in the University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School

Kim Lane Scheppele is Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs in the University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where she also directs the Program on Law and Public Affairs. Her sociological specialties are the sociology of law, sociology of knowledge, comparative-historical sociology and theory. Scheppele's research focuses on constitutions under stress. She has studied constitutional change in Eastern Europe after 1989 under four different NSF grants, doing more than five years of fieldwork in Budapest and Moscow. She then turned her attention to the examination of frontline states under pressure to cut constitutional corners in order to fight the global war on terrorism. She has been a consultant to the Hungarian Constitutional Court, the Russian Constitutional Court, the Afghan Constitutional Drafting Commission, and the US Guantanamo Interagency Task Force and is the author of many articles in law journals and social science journals, primarily in English but also in Hungarian, Russian and French. Her forthcoming book, The International State of Emergency:  Legality and Transnationality after 9/11, will appear next year. Her previous book, Legal Secrets, won special recognition from the American Sociological Association.