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Bad borders: what US secessionists’ proposals miss

The sixth installment of my “Balkanized America” series is up over at Medium, looking at how contemporary US secessionists and state-splitters — from Ted Draper’s “Six Californias” and CAL3 plans to… Read more »

Speaking on American Nations and the gun debate, Gloucester, Mass., May 19

I’ll be speaking about how the existence of the American Nations helps explain enormous geographic disparities in violence, capital punishment, and gun policies at a public event on Massachusetts’ North… Read more »

US Surgeon General on American Nations and public health

I ran across this one accidentally on Twitter. Last week, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams gave the keynote address at the American Public Health Association’s National Public Health Week Forum… Read more »

Trumpism, the American Nations, and the 2016 election

My latest installment of the “Balkanized America” series is up over at Medium, this one interpreting what happened in the 2016 presidential election via an American Nations lens, with some… Read more »

Talking American Nations with KBUR’s “Heartland Politics”

Recently had a conversation with Monmouth College political science professor Robin Johnson about America’s regional cultures and their implications for the Midwest generally and the 2016 election results in the… Read more »

Big in Japan, Part II

Earlier this month, Satoshi Ukai, the New York bureau chief of the Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun was kind enough to come to my home here in Maine for an interview on American… Read more »

Big in Japan: American Nations, now in Japanese

Just as my son’s first grade class was embarking on a unit on Japan a couple weeks ago, what should arrive at our front door but a package from Tokyo… Read more »

No, the great US political divide isn’t rural vs urban. Here’s the proof.

One counter-argument I often hear in regards to the political effects of the American Nations is that regionalism isn’t important, that the salient divide in American politics is actually between… Read more »

Talking American Character, Lobster Coast on CSPAN

The indefatigable team at CSPAN’s City Tour came to Portland, Maine this summer and the segments they produced are airing this weekend, spotlighting our little city.I was pleased to record… Read more »

American Nations, now in Korean

The Korean language edition of American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America arrived recently in my mail. Turns out Donald Trump made the cover,… Read more »