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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Victor Davis Hanson: Hunter Biden's Ukraine Business Dealings 'Look Very Suspicious'

featuring Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Friday, October 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson says that former Vice President Joe Biden’s son's business dealings in Ukraine are a more pressing matter than the events surrounding President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine.


How China ‘Woke’ America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, October 3, 2019

But did she wake up just in time or too late?


Victor Davis Hanson: CA Homelessness Problem Reaches 'A New High'

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox Business
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses California's decision to declare a crisis over their homelessness epidemic.


Victor Davis Hanson: Lewandowski Says Media’s Impeachment Push Will Backfire

interview with Victor Davis Hansonvia Fox News
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Victor Davis Hanson discusses the media's impeachment push.


Keep It Steady And Cool With Iran, America

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

And keep pumping that American oil and gas.

In the News

Impeachment Is A Hail Mary

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia New York Post
Monday, September 30, 2019

Why don’t Democrats press policy instead of trying to unseat the president? Victor Davis Hanson at American Greatness gives the “simple ­answer: None of [the Dems’] issues poll anywhere near 50 percent ­approval.”


Impeachment Coup Analytics

by Victor Davis Hansonvia American Greatness
Sunday, September 29, 2019

The Democrats have exhausted every other mechanism for destroying Trump—and they are running out of time before November 2020 election.


Why The Impeachment Frenzy May Only Strengthen Trump

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Contrary to suggestions by some, most Trump supporters are not automatons or blind supporters. What bothers them, and should bother others, about the latest Ukraine hysterias is the familiar monotony of this latest scripted psychodrama.


The Death Of American Citizenship

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Open borders and sanctuary cities are blurring the distinction between illegal immigrants and Americans, and activist judges are eroding the Bill of Rights.

Analysis and Commentary

Our Privileged Scolds

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Let them lead by example before they lecture the country on carbon emissions, gun ownership, and ‘white privilege.’