Colin Woodard is an award-winning journalist and the author of six books: Ocean’s End: Travels Through Endangered Seas; The Lobster Coast: Rebels, Rusticators, and the Struggle for a Forgotten Frontier; The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down (a New York Times bestseller and the basis for the NBC series Crossbones, starring John Malkovich); American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures of North America (a Wall Street Journal bestseller and named a Best Book by The New Republic and The Globalist); and American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good. His latest book, Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood, was published in June 2020 by Viking. He is currently Director of Nationhood Lab at the Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy at Salve Regina University, an interdisciplinary research, writing, testing and dissemination project focused on counteracting the authoritarian threat to American democracy and the centrifugal forces threatening the federation’s stability. He is also a POLITICO contributing editor. He is on sabbatical from his position as State and National Affairs Writer for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, where he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist and George Polk Award winner for investigative reporting. He lives with his family in Maine.