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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An Optimistic U.S. Foreign Policy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 18, 2017

The world order seems to be unraveling, but America can stop the rot. 


Lessons From The Battle Of Midway

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 18, 2017

America’s culture of spontaneity, flexibility, and improvisation helped win the battle.


Severed Heads

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Far too many government officials never pay the price for their crimes and misdeeds: Clinton, Rice, Napolitano, Lerner … Comey is the exception.

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Can Trump Successfully Remodel The GOP?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 11, 2017

If Trumpism succeeds, it could replace mainstream Republicanism.


Comey's Overdue Departure

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

If a FBI director is doing his job, we probably should neither see nor hear of him much on television. 


How To Blow An Election — In Five Easy Steps

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Counting the ways, and Comey is not among them.


Potemkin Universities

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Behind the facades, universities have broken faith with a once-noble legacy of free inquiry.


You Gotta Lie

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red/blue, conservative/liberal, and Republican/Democrat mark traditional American divides. But one fault line is not so 50/50 — that of the contemporary hard progressive movement versus traditional politics, values, and customs.


Will 2020 Be Another 1972 For Democrats?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Going hard to the left was the wrong lesson to learn from their narrow loss in 1968, and they could repeat the mistake.


Nukes + Nuttiness = Neanderthal Deterrence

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Acting crazy has worked for rogue regimes, but Western appeasement is not a long-term solution.