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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Why Hillary Is Never Held Accountable for Her Lies

by Victor Davis Hanson
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The media excuse her mendacity because it serves the progressive cause.


Imagine There’s No Border

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Monday, August 29, 2016

A world without boundaries is a fantasy.

Analysis and Commentary

Diversity: History's Pathway To Chaos

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 25, 2016

America’s successful melting pot should not be replaced with discredited salad-bowl separatism.


Trump 1.0, 2.0, 3.0 . . .

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, August 25, 2016

There was always only one sensible position on immigration: ensuring that legal immigration was meritocratic, diverse, and measured to facilitate rapid assimilation and integration — while ending illegal immigration entirely through a mixture of new border fencing/stepped-up patrolling, increased visa and refugee scrutiny, employer fines, and rapid deportation of those who committed serious misdemeanors and felonies, had no work history, were always on government support, or who had arrived within the last one to two years on the scent of amnesty.

The Nine Lives Of Donald J. Trump

by Victor Davis Hanson
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Mysteriously, each time he hits rock bottom, Trump — even before his recent “pivot” — begins a two-week chrysalis cycle of inching back in the polls to within 2 or 3 points of Clinton. Apparently Trump represents something well beyond Trump per se.

Where's The Letter From Democratic Security Officials Opposing Hillary?

by Victor Davis Hanson
Thursday, August 18, 2016

A group of 50 conservative foreign policy elites and veteran national security officials of prior Republican administrations recently wrote an open letter denouncing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.


The Great Regression

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Today, it seems that Orwell’s 1984 would better have been titled 2016.

Analysis and Commentary

The Betrayal Of The Intellectuals?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, August 15, 2016

After nearly eight years of aiding and abetting Obama, leftists now fear the possible constitutional overreach of our next president.

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The Immigrant's Dilemma

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, August 11, 2016

He comes to the West seeking a better life, but then gets ensnared by multiculturalism. 


Hillary's Neoliberals

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Many elections redefine political parties. The rise of George McGovern's hard-left agenda in 1972, followed later in the decade by Jimmy Carter's evangelical liberalism, drove centrist Democrats into the arms of Richard Nixon and later Ronald Reagan.