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

Health and the General Welfare

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Saturday, September 1, 2007

Everyone disagrees on the effects of closing the borders...

Analysis and Commentary

Don’t Bomb, Bomb Iran

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, August 31, 2007

There’s been ever more talk on Iran...

Analysis and Commentary

The Many Enemies of George Bush

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 30, 2007

George Bush is not a very popular fellow...

Analysis and Commentary

Greek Tragedy

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The near simultaneous breakout of dozens of Greek fires at first glance seems inexplicable...

Analysis and Commentary

Back to School Blues

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 23, 2007

Last week I went shopping in our small rural hometown, where my family has attended the same public schools since 1896...

In the News

A Response to ever more from Andrew Sullivan

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Corner (National Review Online)
Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The last time I had a run-in with the frenetic Andrew Sullivan was in front of an audience at Columbia University...

In the News

The Old Wisdom

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Works and Days
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

This summer—in between weekly encounters on radio and in print exchanges with those suffering from Bush Derangement Syndrome—I tried to get away, by climbing as many peaks in the Kaiser wilderness as possible, and marveled over the relative emptiness of that part of the central Sierra...

In the News

Why Study War?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia City Journal
Monday, August 20, 2007

Try explaining to a college student that Tet was an American military victory...

Analysis and Commentary

The Burdens of General Petraeus

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review Online
Friday, August 17, 2007

Several governments have defeated Islamic insurgencies, but usually only after about ten years, and adopting policies of summary executions and carpet bombing or shelling...

Analysis and Commentary

No More Anonymous, Please!

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Tribune Media Services
Thursday, August 16, 2007

The New Republic magazine recently ran into big trouble for publishing a first-person account of military savagery in Iraq...