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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The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast: Dunking On The NBA

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Victor Davis Hanson Podcast
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the reasons and consequences of keeping America’s classrooms locked, free speech on campus, the NFL and NBA prioritizing woke, Donald Trump’s interview with Chris Wallace, and what 2021 might look like in Joe Biden’s America.

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The Faustian Bargains Of The Woke NBA

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The massive Chinese audience may guarantee short-term profits, but at what price down the road?


Yes, It Is A Cultural Revolution. Victor Davis Hanson With Sebastian Gorka On AMERICA First

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia America First with Sebastian Gorka
Monday, July 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson talks about how far the Left is willing to go in its new "revolution."

Analysis and Commentary

Will 2021 Be 1984?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, July 19, 2020

It’s all about the power, not the equality.


Victor Davis Hanson Calls Out Biden Support Of 'Distance Learning', Says It's Not 'Scientific Or Rational'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Saturday, July 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that Joe Biden's support for allocating millions of dollars toward "distance learning" rather than reopening schools for in-person instruction ignores science, psychology, and economics.

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The Classicist: A Winning Agenda For 2020

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Friday, July 17, 2020

If Donald Trump wants to win reelection, he’ll champion these issues.


Victor Davis Hanson On Election

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Dan Proft Show Podcast
Friday, July 17, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the three things President Trump must do to win re-election.


Victor Davis Hanson: What Is POTUS To-do List For The Second Term?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Hoover Institution Victor Davis Hanson discusses his American Greatness article "Trump Needs to Scale the Real Wall of 2020."


Victor Davis Hanson: Are The Democrats Climbing The Steps To Dr. Guillotine?

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, July 16, 2020

Hoover Institution Victor Davis Hanson discusses his National Review article "Peak Jacobinism?"

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Thursday Short Cuts

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Patriot Post
Thursday, July 16, 2020

For the record: “If the multibillion-dollar NFL decides that multimillionaire players have no obligation to stand to honor a collective national anthem, and that there will be separate anthems and politicized uniforms, then millions of Americans will quietly shrug and change the channel. And that silent protest will make the 2016-17 anthem protest look like child’s play.” —Victor Davis Hanson