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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The Exhausting Ms. Clinton

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hillary Clinton's second race for the presidency is only about a quarter through, but she already seems to be causing general fatigue. The lurid revelations about the Clinton Foundation proved that it was not so much a charity as a huge laundering operation.

Analysis and Commentary

What Makes Donald Run?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 1, 2015

He’s giving fed-up Republicans something other candidates are not.

Analysis and Commentary

How Illegal Immigration Finally Turned Off The Public

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, August 30, 2015

If there were not a Donald Trump, he would likely have had to have been invented.


Victor Davis Hanson: America Is Tuning In To Donald Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Garrison (WIBC)
Friday, August 28, 2015

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses why more and more people like Donald Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

The Modern Malleability Of Gender And Race

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

In the present postmodern world, we are told that there is no such thing as a biologically distinct gender. Instead, gender is now socially constructed. It can be defined by the individual in almost any way he or she sees fit.

Analysis and Commentary

The Democrats: Too Old And Too White?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Leftwingers’ taunts in 2008 and 2012 have come back to haunt them.

Analysis and Commentary

Absurd—And Not-So-Absurd—Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, August 23, 2015

Trump’s plan of mass deportations en masse is unworkable, but that’s not an argument against weeding out criminals and those without work histories in the U.S.

Analysis and Commentary

Two Californians—Together A Disaster

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox and Hounds Daily (CA)
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Driving across California is like going from Mississippi to Massachusetts without ever crossing a state line.


Big Government As The New Terminator

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Social observers from Aristotle and Juvenal to James Madison and George Orwell have all warned of the dangers of out-of-control government. Lately, we have seen plenty of proof that they were frighteningly correct.

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Hanson: After Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Trump is a catharsis for the electorate.