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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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.

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The Burdens Of Thought Policing

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
From gay weddings to Iran’s muscle-flexing, PC enforcers have a big job.

The Drought: California Apocalypto

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, April 6, 2015

The proverbial thin veneer of civilization has never been thinner in California, as if nature has conspired to create even greater chaos than what man here has already wrought. What follows below was a fairly typical seven-day period in the land of the highest sales, fuel, and income taxes that have led to the nearly worst freeways, schools, and general infrastructure in the nation.

Let’s Talk About Obama’s Blatantly Anti-Semitic Associates

by Victor Davis Hanson
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Juan Williams wrote an utterly incoherent essay this week alleging that Speaker Boehner is dealing in racism by supporting Bibi Netanyahu, given that his recent victory, Williams apparently feels, was boosted by supposedly racist fear-mongering about efforts of getting out the Arab-Israeli vote en masse.
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An Engineered Drought

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Thursday, April 2, 2015

Shortsighted coastal elites bear most of the blame for California’s water woes.

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Obama's Chicago Presidency

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Senator Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) was a vocal critic both of President Obama’s executive-action opening to Cuba and his nuclear non-proliferation talks with Iran. In the midst of his loud opposition, he found himself suddenly the target of renewed federal charges that had aired much earlier without consequence.