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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In the News

To Make a Long War Short

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Monday, May 14, 2007

We hear so much about the success of the enemy, rarely about our own in this war of attrition in Iraq...

Analysis and Commentary

Al Qaedism, Again

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, May 11, 2007

Why would Albanian-speaking Muslim refugees from the Balkans try to murder American soldiers?

In the News

The Moral Left

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Friday, May 11, 2007

A World Away From Laurie David, Sheryl Crow, and Al Gore...

Analysis and Commentary

Whose War Is It Anyway?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, May 10, 2007

"This war is lost,” Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid recently proclaimed...

Analysis and Commentary

Jihad in Jersey

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Based on what we’re learning about the plot, the cell, and how their plans were averted, National Review Online asked a group of experts: What’s the most important lesson we should take from the averted terrorist attack on Fort Dix?

Analysis and Commentary

Hooked On Trivia While Threats Fester

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, May 3, 2007

Americans for weeks woke up and went to bed to news updates about Anna Nicole Smith's death and the fate of her daughter...

Analysis and Commentary

Can This Washington Be Saved? Can This War?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Wednesday, May 2, 2007

On Tuesday night, President Bush vetoed the supplemental war-funding bill. National Review Online asked a group of experts, who include a former senator, a former Cabinet secretary, an Iraq-war vet, a relative of an American murdered on September 11, 2001, a historian, and policy experts: How big a deal was the president’s veto Tuesday night? Can this Washington be saved? Can this war?

In the News

The Crazy Middle East

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Wednesday, May 2, 2007

All the pros and cons on the war have been aired...

Analysis and Commentary

Mexifornia, Five Years Later

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Monday, April 30, 2007

The flood of illegal immigrants into California has made things worse than I foresaw...

Analysis and Commentary

Is the Iraq War Lost?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Washington Post
Sunday, April 29, 2007

Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) triggered a political firestorm recently when he said that "this war is lost," and a Washington-ABC News poll released two weeks ago reported that 53 percent of those asked said the United States is losing. Outlook asked some key figures in the Iraq debate whether Reid is right....