Dante Chinni

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Dante Chinni

Research Professor, American Communities Project Director


Email: Dante Chinni
Office Phone: (202) 994-0761

Dante Chinni directs the American Communities Project at the George Washington University and writes the “Politics Counts” blog for The Wall Street Journal. His research explores the divides in America by studying how demographic differences affect community economics, culture and politics.

Chinni is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience including stints at Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He has also done freelance work with pieces appearing in outlets ranging from The Washington Post Magazine to The Economist and New Republic.

The 2009 Knight-Batten Award for Journalistic Innovation for Patchwork Nation.

Multiple SDX/SPJ awards for work on reporting teams at Newsweek and the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism.



Our Patchwork Nation,” with James Gimpel, 2010, Gotham, an imprint of Penguin Group LLC

Selected News Articles

In Trump Country, Health-Care Overhaul Has Support, But Cost Is a Worry,” The Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2017

“How Trump Became President,” American Communities Project, Jan 18, 2017

West Virginia: How the Bluest State Became the Reddest,” Dec. 18, 2017

Trump Counties Would See Big Impact From Obamacare Repeal,” The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 9, 2016

Divided America: Where All Your Neighbors Vote Together,” NBC News, Oct. 16, 2016

Pennsylvania Shows Hillary Clinton’s New Keystone,” The Wall Street Journal, April 25, 2016

Ohio Voters Say GOP Convention Did Little to Sway Them,” The Wall Street Journal, July 23, 2016



B.A., Journalism and History, Michigan State University,