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Speaking on Union and the struggle to forge a story of U.S. nationhood in Newport, R.I, April 21

On April 21 at 7pm I’ll be speaking on my most recent book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, and the battle between civic and… Read more »

Maine’s congressional delegation brings home bacon

Earmarks are back and — as I cover Maine’s congressional delegation for the Portland Press Herald — I’ve been tracking how the requests for the Pine Tree State have progressed… Read more »

Speaking on American Nations at Ohio University, Feb. 11

I’ll be giving a talk entitled “American Nations: How to Unite the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of the United States” at Ohio University in Athens on February 11 from 7:00 to… Read more »

Talking with Pantsuit Politics about U.S. cultural-political geography

Enjoyed joining the Kentucky-based hosts of the Pantsuit Politics podcast to help kick off their nationwide series of candidate interviews, which will use American Nations as its scaffolding.  Hosts Sarah… Read more »

Talking to The New Yorker about Senator King as voting rights effort hits a wall

As the effort to protect Americans’ voting rights hit a wall in the U.S. Senate, The New Yorker profiled one of the effort’s biggest Senate champions, Senator Angus King, the… Read more »

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 »

How January 6th played out through the eyes of six Mainers at the Capitol

For the first anniversary of the January 6th coup attempt in Washington, I recreated the day in the lives of six Mainers who were at the Capitol complex that day:… Read more »

Senator King’s fears for the survival of U.S democracy

Senator Angus King, I-Maine, has been one of the most outspoken members of Congress on the perilous state of the United States’s democratic system. While the Biden administration has avoided… Read more »

A former CIA and NSA director on American Nations and the authoritarian threat to the U.S.

“I am worried about our country, as I was about Bosnia 30 years ago,” General Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency under George W…. 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 »