February 19, 2012
'Our Storehouse of Knowledge About Social Movements ... Is Going to Be Left Bare'
In 1993, Rik Scarce, while a doctoral student at Washington State University, spent five months in jail on a federal contempt-of-court charge rather than reveal details of his research interviews with "earth liberation" activists. The judge in the case released Mr. Scarce, now an associate professor of sociology at Skidmore College, upon determining that no length of imprisonment would prise information from him.
The Chronicle asked Mr. Scarce for his views of the controversy