José Edwin Argueta Funes
I am a legal historian focusing on property relations, particularly interested in land and water use and distribution. My previous work focuses on Hawaii, and deals with issues such as adoption and inheritance in the nineteenth century, land reform in the twentieth century, and the public housing experience after World War II. Currently I am hoping to pursue a comparative study of land and water use and distribution in Hawaii and the American Southwest. This perspective will hopefully allow me to unhinge American history from the Atlantic seaboard, and approach the study of the United States from a regional, longue durée perspective.
A native of San Salvador, El Salvador, I attended the University of Virginia as a Jefferson Scholar, and earned highest distinction majoring in history and philosophy. My thesis, titled "Islands of History, Islands of Hope: Citizenship, Belonging, and Housing in Twentieth-Century Hawaii," was awarded the Bernard Peyton Chamberlain Memorial Prize for the Outstanding Distinguished Majors Thesis of 2013.