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-four books, the latest of which is The Case for Trump (Basic Books, 2019). His other books include The Second World Wars (Basic Books, 2017); 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.

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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Victor Davis Hanson On Breitbart News Tonight

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Breitbart News Tonight
Thursday, June 27, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson reflects on changes in California he has observed across his lifetime residency in the coastal state. Hanson notes that California might be our first third world state, depending on where you go in California.


America Can Afford To Stay Calm With Iran

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, June 26, 2019

President Trump recently ordered and then called off a retaliatory strike against Iran for destroying a U.S. surveillance drone. The U.S. asserts that the drone was operating in international space. Iran claims it was in Iranian airspace.


The Cowardly Incoherence Of Name-Changing, Statue-Toppling, And Other Iconoclasms

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A few activists succeed in demonizing Father Serra and removing a mission bell, but progressives still want the names ‘Stanford’ and ‘Yale’ on their résumés.

Analysis and Commentary

Crack-Ups At The Crossroads Of Intersectionality

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, June 23, 2019

Progressives do not see the United States as an exceptional uniter of factions and tribes into a cohesive whole—each citizen subordinating his tribal, ethnic, and religious affinities to a shared Americanism, emblemized by our national motto e pluribus unum. Instead, they prefer e uno plures: out of one nation arise many innately different and separate peoples.


Victor Davis Hanson Gives Mike His Reaction To The President Authorizing Attacks In Iran And Then Calling Them Off

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Mike Gallagher Show
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "US Holds All the Cards in the Showdown with Iran."


Victor Davis Hanson: California's "Woke-A-Topia" Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia WWL Radio
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "America’s First Third-World State."


Victor Davis Hanson: America’s First Third-World State

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Friday, June 21, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the declining fortunes of once-fortunate California, the problem with raising the minimum wage, and one minister’s nuanced response to state prohibitions on conversion therapy. 

Victor Davis Hanson, Spring 2019

Victor Davis Hanson Interview

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Joshua Hamilton Podcast
Thursday, June 20, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses how he became a historian and how his background influences the way he views the issues in the US and world today.


We Hold All The Cards In The Showdown With Iran

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

In May 2018, the Donald Trump Administration withdrew the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran, popularly known as the Iran nuclear deal.

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featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Powerline
Tuesday, June 18, 2019

While the academic study of military history is in a state of sickness unto death in the academy, it lives because of its popularity with the American people. In his terrific essay “Why study war,” Victor Davis Hanson observes: