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Joining the Pell Center

In personal news, as they say, I was recently named a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, a think tank at Salve Regina… Read more »

Talking Union and America’s search for national identity with PBS’ “Story in the Public Square”

Maintaining a shared sense of nationhood has always been a special challenge for the United States, arguably the world’s first civic nation, one defined not by organic ties, but by… Read more »

Talking Union in Camden, Maine, July 6

I’ll be speaking on my most recent book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the story of United States Nationhood  at the Camden Amphitheater in Camden, Maine on July 6 at 6pm…. Read more »

Union paperback launch event, June 17, Portland, ME

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the book tour for my most recent book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the story of United States Nationhood, but with restrictions lifted across New… Read more »

United States’ myth of nationhood is all-important, but it carries a curse

  The United States needs its national myth of shared nationhood more than most countries because it’s almost the only thing that has held our rival regional cultures together. But,… Read more »

How we got here, the stakes and where we go now (in Washington Monthly)

The United States, which was a state before it came up with an argument for being a nation as well, has always been vulnerable to dissolution. An accidental alliance of… Read more »

UNION named a Best Non-fiction Book of 2020 by the Christian Science Monitor

My thanks to the Christian Science Monitor‘s book reviewers for naming Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood as a Best Non-Fiction Book of 2020. The… Read more »

The 2020 Elections and the American Nations

The American Nations boundaries show up in just about every closely contested election, and the 2020 presidential contest was no exception. With the help of my Portland Press Herald colleague… Read more »

Fareed Zakaria recommends American Nations for today’s political moment in the US

Over at the New York Times Book Review today, Fareed Zakaria — whose ideas about illiberal democracy were very helpful in my thinking through some of the concepts in American… Read more »

Speaking on Union (virtually) in Brunswick, Maine, Oct. 28

Tomorrow, October 28, I’ll be speaking on my new book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood via the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine. Owing to the… Read more »