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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Clinton Vs. Clinton

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In three minutes of autobiographical chitchat, Clinton pulled in more than the average full-time fast-food worker makes in a year. Note that, directly or indirectly, universities pass such charges on to their student customers, who are currently collectively in debt to the tune of more than $1 trillion.

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Moral Schizophrenics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Hillary Clinton in recent months has done the following: She charged UCLA somewhere around $300,000 for reciting some platitudes. That works out to over $165 a second for her 30 minutes on stage — meaning that she made more in one minute than a student barista does in a year.


Don’t Worry, Be Happy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, April 20, 2015

America is relieved that things at least appear calm, as war and death rage abroad. At almost every critical juncture, the administration chose short-term happy talk in lieu of worries over long-term consequences. No matter how frequent the disasters abroad, Obama can proclaim the world is at peace in an unprecedented age of stability and security.


The Sea the Sharks Swim In

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2015

Islamist extremists prey on their own people even as they draw strength from them.

Saved by the Drill

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 20, 2015

“Drill, baby, drill” was derided as a political punch line—until it worked.

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Ethnic Constructs Are Pointless In Our Multiracial Society

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Not long ago, the New York Times uncovered the artifact that Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush had once listed himself as "Hispanic" on a Florida voter registration form.

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Obama And Revolutionary Romance

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
His foreign-policy errors result not from incompetence but from a conscious agenda.

Why Is Hillary Clinton Even Running?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, April 12, 2015

Hillary has no resume to run on. Is America ready for her to dial up the culture war to 11?

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The Return Of Traditional Values

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, April 9, 2015

What our love of Downton Abbey and American Sniper says about our culture and about us.

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Is The Modern American University A Failed State?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Modern American universities used to assume four goals.

First, their general education core taught students how to reason inductively and imparted an aesthetic sense through acquiring knowledge of Michelangelo, the Battle of Gettysburg, "Medea" and "King Lear," Beethoven's "Ode to Joy," and astronomy and Euclidean geometry.