Colin Woodard

Waffle House and the American Nations

When discussing North American regionalism one is bound, sooner or later, to explore the stark division of the country between Waffle House and IHOP restaurants, two franchises whose territories almost never overlap. Yesterday over at the Washington Post’s The Fix, Chris Cillizza obliged, demonstrating with state-level data that Waffle Houses are concentrated in states won… Read more »

New Jersey: Regional Divide Reflected Even in Christie’s Landslide

To the surprise of nobody, Republican Chris Christie was reelected governor of New Jersey in a landslide Tuesday. Commentators have rightly observed that a relative moderate like Christie can do for Republicans what the Tea Party never will: win in a “blue” state. Or, more accurately, Christie showed how Republicans can be competitive within the… Read more »

Violence Is a Regional Issue

In my book, American Nations, I argue that we’re not one country, but several, and have been since the colonial era. We may be bound up in a generally successful federation, but our greatest internal crises – the Civil War, the corrosive effects of Jim Crow, the recent threat of federal default – have been… Read more »