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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Law Takes A Holiday

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 23, 2017

In the 1934 romantic movie Death Takes a Holiday, Death assumes human form for three days, and the world turns chaotic.

Analysis and Commentary

Monasteries Of The Mind

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

When everything is politicized, people retreat into mental mountaintops — dreams of the past and fantasies of the future.


Deterrence And Human Nature

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 16, 2017

The dream of a therapeutic utopia without punishment for wrongdoing fails in practice.

Analysis and Commentary

The World on January 20, 2017

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Red-blue tensions at home, mounting dangers abroad. Most Americans are worried about our domestic crises. Obama left office after doubling the debt to $20 trillion.


Don't Sweat The Big Stuff

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 9, 2017

Politicians who cannot cope with the realities of governing should stop fantasizing about utopia.


The Ancient Laws Of Unintended Consequences

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Eight years of a fawning press have made the Left reckless.

Analysis and Commentary

Talk Radio, Cable News, The Mainstream Media, And The News Revolution

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Friday, March 3, 2017

In the hubbub over Trump’s attack on the media, we sometimes forget that Barack Obama et al. customarily went after talk-radio and cable-news conservatives — whose job, after all, was opinion journalism — as biased, whereas Trump went more after news-gathering organizations who deliver the news under the pretense of straight reporting.

Analysis and Commentary

Is The American Elite Really Elite?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, March 2, 2017

The public no longer believes that privilege and influence should be predicated on titles, brands, and buzz.

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Presidential Payback For Media Hubris

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Journalists who celebrated Obama and demonize Trump are only empowering the new President. 

Analysis and Commentary

The Metaphysics Of Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Paradox: How does a supposedly bad man appoint good people eager to advance a conservative agenda that supposedly more moral Republicans failed to realize?