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 hundreds of 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). His forthcoming book entitled, The Second World Wars, will be out in Fall 2017 (Basic Books). Currently, he is a syndicated columnist for Tribune Media Services and a weekly columnist for the National Review Online.

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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Beware The Law Of Unintended Consequences

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, December 1, 2016

Moderation and humility help politicians avoid results contrary to what they earnestly want.

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A Party Of Teeth-Gnashers

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The broken record of racism/sexism/homophobia plays on and on and on. 


Enemies Of Language

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 24, 2016

What would happen if conservatives started to change the words we use for political ends? 


Who Are Wise, Who Not?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Insight often comes not from an Ivy League degree but by way of animal cunning, instinct, and hard work.


Trump's Bizarre Winning Formula

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Democratic Party handed Donald Trump a rare opportunity to make radical changes to the electoral map that could last for years to come.


The Appointment Game

by Victor Davis Hansonmentioning General Jim Mattis, John B. Taylorvia National Review
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Everyone is playing the “what if” recommendation game.


Carpe Diem, Mr. Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Forgive, but do not forget, and be the strong horse.

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Why Trump Won

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 11, 2016

President Obama transformed the Democratic Party into a bastion of elite progressivism that alienated the working class. 


Surprise, Surprise, The Disconnected Plutocrat Lost

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Donald Trump’s victory confounded elite pollsters, journalists, politicians, academic experts and captains of industry. They all wrote him off as a fading gasbag.


Braver New World — For Now

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, November 10, 2016

Given the status of the post-election state legislatures and executive offices, the Republican-controlled House and Senate, a Republican president, and a Supreme Court that will not go leftward for a generation, it is hard to see how conservatives could be anything other than relieved by Tuesday’s result.