Welcome to the MS/EM 37, no. 2 issue. After more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic started, as the time of writing these words, we finally seem to see the light at the end of the tunnel. I am indebted to the authors, external reviewers, my editorial team, and everybody involved in the copy-editing and production of this issue at University of California Press for their hard work and dedication to bringing it to fruition throughout the difficult times in the first half of the present year. It is thanks to this commitment and determination that we can continue publishing the journal in a timely fashion.

The set of essays featured in this volume reflect the multidisciplinary vocation of the journal in tackling historical and contemporary issues relevant to Mexican society and culture by scholars in the United...

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