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 Next President Unbound

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Part of the frenzy over 2016 as a make-or-break election is because a closely divided Senate’s future may hinge on the coattails of the presidential winner. An aging Supreme Court may also translate into perhaps three to four court picks for the next president. Yet such considerations only partly explain the current election frenzy. The model of the imperial Obama presidency is the greater fear. Over the last eight years, Obama has transformed the powers of presidency in a way not seen in decades.

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The Construct Of The White Working-Class Zombies

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, September 26, 2016

Hillary Clinton’s ‘deplorables’ have their antecedents in Obama’s ‘deplorables.’


It’s Not Hard To Find California Trump Voters, If You Know Where To Look

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Los Angeles Times
Friday, September 23, 2016

About 18 million of California’s 40 million residents are registered to vote. Most polls show Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump by between 20 and 25 percentage points.


A Hard Rain Is Going To Fall

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 22, 2016

World events seem relatively calm, but repeated appeasement has built up pressure across the globe, and someone has to be there when crisis erupts.

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America's Versailles Set

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Like Marie Antoinette, today’s elites pretend to commiserate with the less fortunate.

Never NeverTrump

by Victor Davis Hanson
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Republican dilemma.

Analysis and Commentary

The Legacies Of Barack Obama

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

On his recent Asian tour, President Obama characterized his fellow Americans (the most productive workers in the world) as "lazy."


Is Deference Really Safer Than Deterrence?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Beware international affairs the next five months, a dangerous period for America.


Trump Up, Hillary Down, Obama Out

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 8, 2016

Without traditional battle lines to fight over, Hillary Clinton is lying low while a frenetic Donald Trump talks nonstop.

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Who Are Those Darned “Elites”?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Thursday, September 8, 2016

And what have they done to enrage the working- and middle-class voters of Western democracies?