CONCEPT is an interdisciplinary journal of graduate studies sponsored by the Graduate Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. CONCEPT accepts submissions from Villanova graduate students in all fields of the arts and sciences. Submissions are reviewed by graduate student editors, faculty editors and peer reviewers, with final decisions made by the editors.

Call For Submissions

CONCEPT will be accepting article submissions for the 2016 issue beginning in December 2015. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 1, 2016. The author of the best article in the 2016 issue will receive the Graduate Student Research Prize.

Authors should register with the website, and follow the instructions there for posting their submission. (An author may submit no more than 1 article for consideration.) Those interested in serving as editors and as peer-reviewers should consult the job descriptions posted on the website and then contact the faculty editor-in-chief, Lisa Sewell ( to voluntee.


Vol 39 (2016)

Table of Contents

Graduate Research Prize (History)

Purchasing the Status: Religious Confraternities in Late-Colonial Venezuela PDF
Andreina Soto


The Phylogeny of New World Chickadees in the family Paridae PDF
Robert Driver


“The Shadow in the Windowpane”: Containment, Privacy, and Censorship in Pale Fire PDF
Laura Tscherry

Hispanic Studies

La pluma del águila imperial y católica: La vida de San Juan de Sahagún como validación de la iglesia y monarquía en España* PDF
Ian Gates


From the Frontlines to Silent Spring: DDT and America’s War on Insects, 1941-1962* PDF
James Erwin Schmitt


Analysis of Fractals from a Mathematical and Real-World Perspective PDF
Anup A. Somalwar


The Writing Living in Papyrus and Wool PDF
Zack Sievers

Political Science

Forced Labor in Latin America: Case Studies of Bolivia, Chile and Peru* PDF
Dana Katherine Moyer
Third Gender and the Third World: Tracing Social and Legal Acceptance of the Transgender Community in Developing Countries PDF
Kimberly Tower


From Peasant to Queen: The Necessity of Realism in Lady Gregory and W. B. Yeats’s Kathleen Ni Houlihan PDF
Amanda Coffin


The δοῦλος of Pauline Literature: Slavery and Freedom in the New Testament Epistles* PDF
Patrick Connolly
* Exclusive on-line content