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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Analysis and Commentary

Protestors Have Jumped The Shark

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, May 5, 2016

"Jump the shark" is an American pop-culture expression that derives from a 1977 "Happy Days" sitcom episode and describes a moment of decline. At a certain point, a TV show becomes so predictable, empty of ideas and gimmicky that in desperation its writers will try anything -- like the character "The Fonz" jumping over a shark on water skis -- just to keep on the air.

Analysis and Commentary

Trump: Something New Under The Political Sun

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The predictions about Trump have been so wrong because none of the normal rules apply to him.


The Nihilism Of Sanctuary Cities

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Monday, May 2, 2016

There are an estimated 300 or so jurisdictions -- entire states, counties, cities, and municipalities -- that since the early 1980s have enacted “sanctuary city” laws, forbidding full enforcement of federal immigration law within their jurisdictions.

Analysis and Commentary

Setting The Record Straight On Great Britain, America And World War II

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 28, 2016

While in London last week, President Obama waded into the upcoming British referendum about whether the United Kingdom should stay in the European Union.

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World War II Amnesia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

For seventy years, the war’s lessons guided U.S. foreign policy—but no longer.


What Do The Trumpsters Want?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 26, 2016

There are many reasons to oppose Trump. But those aren’t the reasons being cited.


21st Century California Reverts Back To The Wild West

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Sunday, April 24, 2016

I grew up listening to stories of turn-of-the-century rural Central California from my grandfather Rees Alonzo Davis (1890-1976). He was the third generation of the Davis family to have lived in my present house—great nephew of Daniel Rhoades, who had walked into the High Sierra in early 1847 as part of a party sent to help save the Donner Party.


The Horrors Of Hiroshima In Context

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 21, 2016

The dropping of two atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945 remains the only wartime use of nuclear weapons in history.


The Contradictions Of Diversity

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Whereas the Founders prized unity, 21st-century America has embraced diversity.

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Now Trending: Mob Think

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 18, 2016

America’s checks and balances have always protected us from our worst impulses. Now they’re eroding.