Reyna Esquivel-King

Reyna Esquivel-King

Assistant Professor

Reyna Esquivel-King


Dr. Esquivel-King was born and raised in the Detroit metro region of the state of Michigan. She earned her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her M.A. from New York University. She completed her PhD in history at the Ohio State University. Her interests are Latin American and Latinx history. She focused her doctoral research on Mexican film censorship history and its relationship to socio political issues of the Mexican Revolution. Dr. Esquivel-King has worked at Belmont University as a postdoctoral faculty fellow and Alabama A&M University as Assistant Professor of Latin American history. She has recently published an article "Unions: Foundation of the Mexican Film Industry," in Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

Latin American History, Latinx Studies, Film Studies, Women and Gender History


My book project is entitled, “Mexican Film Censorship and the Creation of Regime Legitimacy, 1913-1945.” In my writing, I argue that Mexican government officials used cinema censorship to disseminate a positive image of Mexico and Mexicans as modern and prosperous, and attempted to create an appearance of stability and control. Utilizing archival sources, newspapers, journals, and film propaganda, I examine how different regimes in Mexican history use film censorship as a tool to legitimize their power through images.

Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications

PhD - The Ohio State University MA - New York University BA - University of Michigan- Dearborn

Selected publications

  "Unions: Foundation of the Mexican Film Industry," Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos Vol. 38, Issue 2, Summer 2022, pages 331–360.

Currently Teaching

HIS 2440/LAS 2410: History of Mexico

HIS 3995/LAS 3000: Latin American History through Film



Courses taught

HIS 1910/LAS 1910: Latin America Since Independence

HIS 3995/LAS 3000/WGS 3000: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America