Reyna Esquivel-King

Reyna Esquivel-King

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 Ph.D. 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.


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., New York University
  • B.A., 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

Courses taught by Reyna Esquivel-King

Fall Term 2024 (future)

Winter Term 2024

Fall Term 2023

Winter Term 2023

Fall Term 2022