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-three books, the latest of which is The Second World Wars (Basic Books), which was released in October 2017. His other books include 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 Supreme Court

Ten Commandments Of The Supreme Court

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

1) Right to Left. The majority of post-war Republican Supreme Court nominees, who were initially perceived as conservative, turned liberal on the bench (Harry Blackmun, William Brennan, David Souter, John Paul Stevens, Earl Warren), or went from right-wing to center-right or centrist (Warren Burger, Sandra Day O’Connor, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts). 


Peter Beinart’s Amnesia

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

NATO’s problems, Putin’s aggression, and American passivity predate Trump, who had my vote in 2016 — a vote I don’t regret.

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Why Europe Gets No Respect

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The continent is ossifying into irrelevance.


Reciprocity Is The Method To Trump’s Madness

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Thursday, July 12, 2018

The president sends a signal: Treat us the way we treat you, and keep your commitments.


The Strange Career Of White Privilege

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Rich whites invent minority pedigrees to gain advantage while they condemn poor and working-class rural whites as racist.

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Making Countries Great Again

by Victor Davis Hansonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, July 9, 2018

What made America great in the first place, and what threatens that greatness today.


History’s Bad Ideas Are An Inspiration For Progressives

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Friday, July 6, 2018

What we now consider stupid and dangerous ideas of the past, progressives see as useful in the present.


The Left Can’t Come To Grips With Loss Of Power

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, July 5, 2018

Key Trump administration officials have been confronted at restaurants. Representative Maxine Waters (D., Calif.) urged protesters to hound Trump officials at restaurants, gas stations, or department stores.


History As Nothing Much At All

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, July 3, 2018

If everything is like the Nazis, then the Nazis of history are no different from an ICE officer, a White House staffer, or . . . you and me.


Progressives Should Back Up Their Rhetoric On Immigration

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Wednesday, June 27, 2018

There are lots of short-term solutions to address the wave of immigrants who have swarmed the border in an effort to enter the U.S. illegally.