This is one my philosophically useless posts, so don't bother reading any more of this if you want real philosophy.
What's with the amount of free will work being done in southern parts of the United States? There is a hugely disproportionate number of people working on Free Will who live in either (as far as I can tell) the South or Southern California. Sure, there is a not insignificant concentration of excellent work on free will that happens in the Midwest, so maybe this is the telling exception to my hopelessly broad generalization. But think about Southern California, where I was hanging out last year: The Large Free Will Posse at UC Riverside (Fischer, Watson etc., (where 'etc.' covers faculty there who are interested in free will but maybe don't principally publish on it, as well as any visiting folks working on free will of which there always seem to be some there)), The USC Agency Gurus (Khadri, Gideon), Pamela at UCLA, Dana at UCSD, all of their students, and the host (and I do mean) host of other folks from San Diego up to Santa Barbara who work on these things (shout-out to my man Dan at Azuza P!).
Florida displays a somewhat smaller but nonetheless outstanding embarassment of free will riches- Al Mele and Eddy Nahmias at FSU, David Copp and Marina Oshana at Florida, and good number of others who have pitched tents in the area (Andrew, you are in the South, right?). I'm not even going to try to name names for the rest of the South. The point is, there is a disproportionate number of free will thinking going on in those warmer-climate areas. Places with lousy weather are less potent (at least in numbers) in reflection on free will, though there are some smaller concentrations, e.g., Indiana. Draw what conclusions you will. I like to think that it is because subtler minds generally prefer good weather. :-)
And, of course, apologies to everyone I missed in my catalog of people working in these regions, and apologies to the regions less infected with free will thought. You have some good folks too, of course. You just don't have as many. Too bad for you.
Postscript: another way to carve things up would be by state, as opposed to regional groupings: (1) California (bear in mind that Northern California has Jay Wallace and Michael Bratman, who has written a bit on these things) (2) Florida (3) Indiana (4) Everyone else. (okay, so maybe there is some differentiation to be had in 4, but I'm not going to try and do it). Bear in mind that I'm going by approximate numbers of people who have published on free will in these states, as decided by my guessing. Anyway, I dare someone to start the argument about where the highest quality of work on free will is done. I'll just claim that if someone were to start that argument, California would still win. Go California!