Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace

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The Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace is a public policy think tank and library founded in 1919 by U.S. President Herbert Hoover located at, and part of, Stanford University, his alma mater. Over time the Institution has amassed a large archive of documentation related to President Hoover, World War I, and World War II, specifically focusing on theories about the root causes of these wars.

The Hoover Institution mission statement [2] expresses the basic tenets for which it stands: representative government, private enterprise, peace, personal freedom, and the safeguards of the American system.

The Hoover Institution is influential in the American conservative and libertarian movements, and the Institution has long been a place of scholarship for high profile conservatives with government experience. A number of fellows have connections to or positions in the Bush administration, and other Republican administrations. A non-political figure who played a key role in the Bush Administration's Iraq policy, Retired Army Gen. John P. Abizaid, former commander of the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), recently joined the Hoover Institution (as the first Annenberg Distinguished Visiting Fellow).[1] Other fellows of the Institution include such high profile conservatives as Condoleezza Rice, George Shultz, Thomas Sowell, Shelby Steele, and Edwin Meese.

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Mission Statement

Now more than five decades old, Herbert Hoover's 1959 statement to the Board of Trustees of Stanford University on the purpose and scope of the Hoover Institution continues to define its mission, according to the organization's website:[2]

"This Institution supports the Constitution of the United States, its Bill of Rights and its method of representative government. Both our social and economic systems are based on private enterprise from which springs initiative and ingenuity.... Ours is a system where the Federal Government should undertake no governmental, social or economic action, except where local government, or the people, cannot undertake it for themselves.... The overall mission of this Institution is, from its records, to recall the voice of experience against the making of war, and by the study of these records and their publication, to recall man's endeavors to make and preserve peace, and to sustain for America the safeguards of the American way of life. This Institution is not, and must not be, a mere library. But with these purposes as its goal, the Institution itself must constantly and dynamically point the road to peace, to personal freedom, and to the safeguards of the American system."[2]


The following is a short list of past or present Hoover Institution fellows and scholars.

Featured Fellows

As of April 2015:[3]

  • John Shoven (Buzz and Barbara McCoy Senior Fellow, member of the Department of Economics at Stanford University, Charles R. Schwab Professor, and director of the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research)
  • George P. Schultz (Thomas W. and Susan B. Ford Distinguished Fellow, former U.S. Secretary of State, senior staff economist on President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisers, etc.)
  • Thomas Sowell (Rose and Milton Friedman Senior Fellow on Public Policy, former economics professor at Cornell, Amherst, and the University of California at Los Angeles, etc.)

Honorary Fellows

Distinguished Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

Senior Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

Former Senior Fellows

Senior Research Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

  • John H. Bunzel, Political Scientist and Sociologist
  • Robert Hessen
  • Kenneth E. Scott
  • Charles Wolf Jr.

Research Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

  • Annelise Anderson
  • David Berkey
  • Michael S. Bernstam
  • Charles Blahous
  • Leisel Bogan
  • Clint Bolick, Goldwater Institute
  • Carson Bruno
  • Jeremy Carl
  • Arye Carmon
  • Lanhee J. Chen
  • Tom Church
  • Robert Conquest, historian
  • David Davenport
  • Williamson M. Evers
  • Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)
  • Tammy Frisby
  • Paul R. Gregory
  • Mark Harrison
  • Daniel Heil
  • David R. Henderson
  • Charles Hill
  • Josef Joffe
  • Jeffrey M. Jones
  • Timothy Kane
  • Herbert S. Klein
  • Stephen Kotkin
  • Tai-Chun Kuo
  • Stephen Langlois
  • Gary D. Libecap
  • Herbert Lin
  • Hsiao-Ting Lin
  • Tod Lindberg
  • George Marotta
  • Shavit Matias
  • Rachel M. McCleary
  • Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster
  • Abbas Milani, political scientist and author
  • Alice L. Miller
  • Henry I. Miller, physician
  • Guity Nashat
  • Toshio Nishi
  • James H. Noyes
  • Bertrand M. Patenaude
  • Carol Peterson
  • Michael J. Petrilli
  • Margaret (Macke) Raymond
  • Russell Roberts, professor of economics and author
  • Peter M. Robinson
  • Kori Schake
  • Anatol Shmelev
  • Maciej Siekierski
  • Kiron K. Skinner
  • Commander David Slayton
  • Richard Sousa
  • Bruce Thornton
  • Tunku Varadarajan
  • Eric Wakin
  • Bill Whalen

Former Research Fellows

Distinguished Visiting Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

  • Michael D. Bordo
  • John E. Chubb
  • David Cohen
  • Mvemba Phezo Dizolele
  • James O. Ellis Jr.
  • James Goodby
  • Paul T. Hill
  • Jim Hoagland
  • Raymond Jeanloz
  • Peter Jones
  • Henry A. Kissinger
  • General Jim Mattis
  • Edwin Meese III, former U.S. Attorney General
  • Allan H. Meltzer
  • Sam Nunn
  • Admiral Gary Roughead
  • Christopher William Stubbs
  • Herbert J. Walberg
  • Kevin M. Warsh
  • Pete Wilson

Former Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Media Fellows

The William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellows Program at the Hoover Institution.[5]

National Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

  • Michael D. Bordo
  • Mvemba Phezo Dizolele
  • Mark Harrison
  • Stephen Kotkin
  • Andrei Markevich
  • Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster
  • Jonathan Rodden
  • Bruce Thornton

National Security Affairs Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

  • Colonel Joseph (Joe) Felter (ret.)
  • Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster
  • Commander David Slayton

Named Fellows

As of April 2015:[4]

  • Terry Anderson
  • Scott W. Atlas
  • Peter Berkowitz
  • David Brady
  • Lanhee J. Chen
  • John F. Cogan
  • Mvemba Phezo Dizolele
  • James O. Ellis Jr.
  • Richard A. Epstein
  • James Goodby
  • Stephen Haber
  • Robert E. Hall
  • Victor Davis Hanson
  • Eric Hanushek
  • Jim Hoagland
  • Raymond Jeanloz
  • Peter Jones
  • Ken Jowitt
  • Kenneth L. Judd
  • Melvyn B. Krauss
  • Edward Paul Lazear
  • General Jim Mattis
  • Michael McFaul
  • Henry I. Miller
  • Douglass C. North
  • Sam Nunn
  • Alvin Rabushka
  • John Raisian
  • Condoleeza Rice
  • Russell Roberts
  • Admiral Gary Roughead
  • John Shoven
  • George P. Schultz
  • Kiron K. Skinner
  • Abraham D. Sofaer
  • Thomas Sowell
  • Shelby Steele
  • Christopher William Stubbs
  • John B. Taylor
  • Tunku Varadarajan
  • Eric Wakin
  • Amy Zegart


  • Ehpraim D. Adams (1920-1925)
  • Ralph H. Lutz (1925-1944)
  • Harold H. Fisher (1944-1952)
  • C. Easton Rothwell (1952–1959)[6]
  • W. Glenn Campbell (1960–1989)[7]
  • John Raisian (1989–)[7]


The Hoover Institution produces multiple publications regarding public policy topics, including the quarterly publications Hoover Digest, Education Next, and China Leadership Monitor. In 2001, the Hoover Institution acquired the bimonthly publication Policy Review from the Heritage Foundation. The Hoover Institution Press also publishes books and essays.

Research Teams

As of April 2015:[8]

  • Arctic Security Initiative
  • Economic Policy Working Group
  • Energy Policy Task Force
  • Working Group on Foreign Policy and Grand Strategy
  • Health Care Policy Working Group
  • Immigration Reform Initiative
  • Working Group on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Prosperity
  • Working Group on Islamism and the International Order
  • K-12 Education Task Force (formerly the Koret Task Force in K-12 Education)
  • Working Group on the Role of Military History and Contemporary Conflict
  • National Security and Law Task Force
  • Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force
  • Virtues of a Free Society Task Force

A full list of the members of each task force can be found online here.


The Hoover Institution receives much of its funding from private charitable foundations, including many attached to large corporations. A partial list of its recent donors includes:[9]

Other grants to Hoover Institution previously listed by Media Matters Action and elsewhere include:[11]

External Links


  1. Lisa M. Krieger, Donald Rumsfeld heading to Stanford's Hoover Institution, San Jose Mercury News, September 7, 2007.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hoover Institution, Mission/History, organizational website, accessed April 23, 2015.
  3. Hoover Institution, Fellows, organizational website, accessed April 23, 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 Hoover Institution, Fellows by Type, organizational website, accessed April 24, 2015.
  5. Hoover Institution. The William and Barbara Edwards Media Fellows Program (html). hoover.org. “The Edwards Media Fellows Program allows print and broadcast media professionals to spend time in residence at the Hoover Institution. Media fellows have the opportunity to exchange information and perspectives with Hoover scholars through seminars and informal meetings and with the Hoover and Stanford communities in public lectures. As fellows, they have access to the full range of research tools that Hoover offers.”
  6. "Yacht club to host celebration of Virginia Rothwell", Stanford Report (September 1, 2004). Retrieved on 2008-03-25. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 Trei, Lisa (November 28, 2001). "Glenn Campbell, former Hoover director, dead at 77", Stanford Report. Retrieved on 2008-03-25. 
  8. Hoover Institution, Research by Research Team, organizational website, accessed April 24, 2015.
  9. American Bridge 21st Century Foundation, Top Supporters of Hoover Institution on War Revolution and Peace, ConservativeTransparency, accessed April 24, 2015.
  10. Daniel Bice, Bill Glauber, Ben Poston. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. November 28, 2011.
  11. [1] accessed 2011-08-04
  12. Exxon Educational Foundation, Public Info and Policy Research Grants 2005, document obtained and archived by Greenpeace October 5, 2007.