Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute

Victor Davis Hanson is the Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution; his focus is classics and military history.

Hanson was a National Endowment for the Humanities fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, California (1992–93), a visiting professor of classics at Stanford University (1991–92), the annual Wayne and Marcia Buske Distinguished Visiting Fellow in History at Hillsdale College (2004–), the Visiting Shifron Professor of Military History at the US Naval Academy (2002–3),and the William Simon Visiting Professor of Public Policy at Pepperdine University (2010).

In 1991 he was awarded an American Philological Association Excellence in Teaching Award. He received the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Opinion Journalism (2002), presented the Manhattan's Institute's Wriston Lecture (2004), and was awarded the National Humanities Medal (2007) and the Bradley Prize (2008).

Hanson is the author of some 250 articles, book reviews, and newspaper editorials on Greek, agrarian, and military history and essays on contemporary culture. He has written or edited twenty-three books, including The Savior Generals: How Five Great Commanders Saved Wars That Were Lost - from Ancient Greece to Iraq (Bloomsbury 2013); The End of Sparta (Bloomsbury, 2011); The Father of Us All: War and History, Ancient and Modern (Bloomsbury, 2010); Makers of Ancient Strategy: From the Persian Wars to the Fall of Rome (ed.) (Princeton, 2010); The Other Greeks (California, 1998); The Soul of Battle (Free Press, 1999); Carnage and Culture (Doubleday, 2001); Ripples of Battle (Doubleday, 2003); A War Like No Other (Random House, 2005); The Western Way of War (Alfred Knopf, 1989; 2nd paperback ed., University of California Press, 2000); The Wars of the Ancient Greeks (Cassell, 1999; paperback ed., 2001); and Mexifornia: A State of Becoming (Encounter, 2003), as well as two books on family farming, Fields without Dreams (Free Press, 1995) and The Land Was Everything (Free Press, 1998). Currently, he is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and a weekly columnist for the National Review Online and PJ Media.

Hanson received a BA in classics at the University of California, Santa Cruz (1975), was a fellow at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (1977–78), and received his PhD in classics from Stanford University (1980).

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We Are All Californians Now

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, July 1, 2015

California keeps reminding us what has gone astray with America in recent years.

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Progressive Mass Hysteria

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 30, 2015

One of the most harrowing incidents in the Athenian historian Thucydides’ history of the Peloponnesian War is the democratic debate over the rebellious subject state of Mytilene on the distant island of Lesbos. Thucydides uses his riveting account of the Athenian argument over the islanders’ fate to warn his readers of the fickle nature of democracy.


Hillary Gump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, June 28, 2015

Forrest Gump usually had a positive role to play at the hinges of fate; the equally ubiquitous Hillary Gump’s cameos have made history far worse.

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Why Greece Won't Pay

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For almost six years Greece has been on the cusp of financial disaster. Its Northern European and international creditors have extended loans, suspended interest payments and forgiven some debt.

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America: One Nation, Indivisible

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Confederate battle flag is far from the only worrisome symbol in America today.

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California: Running On Empty

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, June 21, 2015

The air in the San Joaquin Valley this late-June is, of course, hot and dry, but also dustier and more full of particulates than usual. This year a strange flu reached epidemic proportions.

Putin’s Recipe For Power

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 19, 2015

Large parts aggression and calculation, a helping of insecurity, and many dollops of resentment.

A (Dry) Winter’s Tale

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, June 19, 2015

In parched California, the well of political foresight ran dry years ago.

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The New World Map

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Adolf Hitler started World War II by attacking Poland on September 1, 1939. Nazi Germany moved only after it had already remilitarized the Rhineland, absorbed Austria and dismantled Czechoslovakia. Before the outbreak of the war, Hitler's new Third Reich had created the largest German-speaking nation in European history.

Dry ground in the Sonoran Desert, Sonora,Mexico

Goodnight, California

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

CA’s leftwing politicians, facing self-created disaster, take psychological refuge in postmodern fantasies