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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Recent Commentary


What We Remember On Memorial Day

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, May 25, 2017

The obligation to honor the war dead has often conflicted with the need to make distinctions among them and their causes.

Analysis and Commentary

Has Globalism Gone Off The Rails?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Thursday, May 25, 2017

About half of the population in Europe and the United States seems to want to go back to the world that existed before the 1980s, when local communities had more control of their own destinies and traditions. The Czech Republic, to take one example, joined the European Union in 2004. But it has not yet adopted the euro and cannot decide whether the EU is wisely preventing wars of the past from being repeated or is recklessly strangling freedom in the manner of the old Soviet Union — or both. In places devastated by globalization — such as southern Michigan or Roubaix, France – underemployed youth in their mid 20s often live at home in prolonged adolescence without much hope of enjoying the pre-globalized lifestyles of their parents.


Regime Change By Any Other Name?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Monday, May 22, 2017

Fake news crowds out real news.

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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.

GOP Image

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.