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


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.


You Gotta Lie

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Red/blue, conservative/liberal, and Republican/Democrat mark traditional American divides. But one fault line is not so 50/50 — that of the contemporary hard progressive movement versus traditional politics, values, and customs.


Will 2020 Be Another 1972 For Democrats?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 27, 2017

Going hard to the left was the wrong lesson to learn from their narrow loss in 1968, and they could repeat the mistake.


Nukes + Nuttiness = Neanderthal Deterrence

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Acting crazy has worked for rogue regimes, but Western appeasement is not a long-term solution.

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License to Hate

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, April 24, 2017

The label of “hate crime” is used to score political points, not to end violence. It should be eliminated. 

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The Tar Pits Abroad

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 21, 2017

Is foreign intervention still worth it for America? 


Apocalyptic Progressivism

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 20, 2017

Instead of overcoming challenges, progressive politicians exploit them to expand government.

Analysis and Commentary

What Happened To The ‘Special Relationship’?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, April 17, 2017

Not all that long ago we were lectured that Obama, with his charisma and savvy, had won over Recep Tayyip Erdogan and formed a new partnership with him that would lead to Middle East stability and a new Turkish omnipresence as a force for good. 


Restoring Deterrence, One Bomb At A Time?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Monday, April 17, 2017

The only thing more dangerous than losing deterrent power is trying to put it back together again.

Barack Obama

Obama's Foreign Policy Handoff

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Obama ignored rumbling volcanoes, and now they are erupting on his successor’s watch. In other words, as was true of Europe between 1933 and 1939, the world grew more dangerous and reached the brink of war. Obama was never willing to make a few unpopular decisions to rearm and face down aggressors in order not to be forced to make far more dangerous and unpopular decisions later on.