Colin Woodard

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 »