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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Putin, Obama — And Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Let’s hope that the era of ‘lead from behind’ and violated red lines is over.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump And The American Divide

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Friday, January 13, 2017

How a lifelong New Yorker became tribune of the rustics and deplorables.

Analysis and Commentary

Hate Crime Legislation A Good Idea That Went Bad

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, January 12, 2017

The labeling of hate crimes has become so politicized and ill-defined that the entire concept is unworkable.


The Trump Rumors

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The breaking intelligence disclosures about Trump are so bizarre and self-contradictory that it seems wise not to speculate about anything until the entire story is properly sourced, especially since the documents were for-hire hit-pieces and have been peddled around for some time, are not in a style comparable with intelligence reports, contain likely impossible scenarios (certain people in places that they have never been).


What Exactly Is Trumpism?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

First sketches of a list, starting with tradition, populism, and American greatness.

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Obama’s Legacy Of Deceit

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 5, 2017

From Obamacare to the Iran deal, the administration has misrepresented the facts to the American public. 


Why The Anti-Israeli Sentiment?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

World opinion against Israel comes from a great many factors — especially a certain ancient one.


It's Still A Mad, Mad California

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Coastal elites set rules for others, exempt themselves, and tolerate rampant lawlessness from illegal aliens. One reason for the emergence of outsider ...

Analysis and Commentary

The Resilience Of Israel

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, December 29, 2016

Last week, the U.S. declined to veto, and therefore allowed to pass, a United Nations resolution that, among other things, isolates Israel internationally and condemns the construction of housing in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Analysis and Commentary

Fifteen Easy Ways To Ruin The Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, December 28, 2016

President Obama had lots of choices in Middle East. Unfortunately he made all the wrong ones, guided by pop ideology rather than unwelcome facts on the ground.