Victor Davis Hanson

Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow
Awards and Honors:
Statesmanship Award from the Claremont Institute
(2006)
Biography: 

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).

Filter By:

Topic

Type

Recent Commentary

Analysis and Commentary

Is It Time For A “490 B.C. Project”?

by Morgan E. Hunter, Williamson M. Evers, Victor Davis Hansonvia Independent Institute
Friday, September 25, 2020

When Americans knew classical history, they could reach beyond partisan differences by drawing on the shared roots of our civilization.

Victor Davis Hanson: Hunter Biden Can Get Even Richer With Joe Biden In The White House

interview with Victor Davis Hanson
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses corruption issues surrounding Hunter Biden.
Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Our Experts And Our Elite Miss Out On Common Sense

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses hisNational Review article "Civilization Requires Collective Common Sense."

Victor Davis Hanson
In the News

Bakersfield College Introduces Virtual Distinguished Speaker Series

mentioning Victor Davis Hansonvia 23ABC News
Thursday, September 24, 2020

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The third distinguished speaker in a series of six takes place on September 29 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Featured

Civilization Requires Collective Common Sense

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 24, 2020

After the summer protests and rioting in many large cities, activists demanded a defunding, or at least radical pullbacks, of the police. So-called crime experts often concurred. So some city governments ignored public warnings and diminished their police presence despite a sharp rise in crime in many cities. Looting and arson were often ignored.

Democrats Ramp Up Threats Of Violence Following Death Of RBG: Sebastian Gorka With Victor Davis Hanson

interview with Victor Davis Hanson
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson examines the motives of the current Democratic party and how they are using the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg to speed up their radical agenda.

The Classicist with Victor Davis Hanson:
Blank Section (Placeholder)Analysis and Commentary

The Classicist: The Embers Of California

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia The Classicist
Wednesday, September 23, 2020

The Golden State’s recent spate of wildfires represents a broader trend of dysfunctional governance.

Featured

When Conventional Wisdom Gets Downright Dangerous

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 22, 2020

The problem with conventional wisdom is not that it is always wrong. The rub is that the majority of “experts” unthinkingly and habitually mouth its validity until they ensure that it becomes static, unchanging, and immune from reexamination and dissent — an intolerant religious orthodoxy that finally become dangerous.

Interviews

Victor Davis Hanson: Barr Trying To Reestablish 'Inherent Civil Rights' By Declaring Cities 'Anarchist Jurisdictions'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Yahoo News
Monday, September 21, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses a new DOJ designation for NYC, Portland, and Seattle.

In the News

Today’s Riots Comparable To ‘Late Stage’ Violence Of ’60s, ’70s

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia The Daily Signal
Monday, September 21, 2020

The riots of today are potentially more dangerous and divisive than the riots of the 1960s, said scholars during a Heritage Foundation forum Wednesday.

Pages