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Maryanne A. Rhett, Ph.D.


Director of Graduate Program in History

Scholarly interests: Islam, Comics, Nationalism

History and Anthropology
Howard Hall 333

Maryanne A. Rhett, Ph.D.

Dr. Maryanne A. Rhett, Professor of Middle Eastern and World History, works on topics related to modern Middle Eastern and Islamic history at the intersections of popular culture, nationalism, and world history. Her teaching duties, too, reflect these interests. Some of her classes include Islamic history, Modern Middle Eastern history, Popular Culture and the Middle East, and the history of Militant Nationalism. Additionally, she teaches the Perspectives class: A Graphic World: World History and Sequential Art.

Dr. Rhett is actively involved in the World History Association, world history pedagogy, and the Monmouth University Biennial Conference on Race. As the department’s Director of the Graduate Program in History, she oversees a number of theses and comprehensive exams each year and is always ready to talk to those interested in joining the MU History Master’s program.


Ph.D., Washington State University



A Global History of the Balfour Declaration: Declared Nation. London: Routledge, 2015.

Scholarly Articles

“Emerging Empires: The Attempts to Create an Indian Empire in Africa and a Japanese Empire in the Pacific,” In Empires in the First World War. Eds. Richard Fogarty and Andrew Jarboe. 49-73. London: I.B. Tauris, 2014.

“The Mask or the Veil: Unraveling the Cultural Discourse in France and Popular Culture” The Middle Ground Journal: World History and Global Studies. No. 7 (Fall 2013).

“Leagues, Evil Doers, and Tales of Survival: Graphic Novels and the World History Classroom,” In Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art. Eds. Robert G. Weiner and Carrye Syma. 111-119. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2013.

“Orientalism and Graphic Novels: A Modern Reexamination of Popular Culture.” In Graphic History: Essays on Graphic Novels and/as History, Ed. Rick Iadonisi. 203-222. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.

“Kirk, Andrew G. Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic TestingThe Public Historian 43:2 (May 2021). 170-172.

“The Graphic Novel and the World History Classroom.” World History Connected (WHC) 4:2 (2007).

Book Reviews:

“Kirk, Andrew G. Doom Towns: The People and Landscapes of Atomic Testing The Public Historian 43:2 (May 2021). 170-172.

“Getz, Trevor. Abina and the Important Men.” Journal of World History 23:4 (December 2012). 941-943. 

Other Publications:

“Superhero with a Migration Background” Das Goethe, Issue 1, 2021.


Rhett, M. and Bridget Keown. “Diana in No-Man’s Land: Wonder Woman and the History of World War.” In Drawing the Past: Comics and the Historical Imagination. University of Mississippi Press. Eds. Michael Goodrum, David Hall, and Philip Smith.

“Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Islamic Feminism, and a Global Dialogue” in Gendered Defenders: Marvel Superheroines in Transmedia Spaces. Eds. Meta Carstarphen and Bryan Carr.

“Humans and Gods: Trevor, Candy, and Diana in Wonder Woman,” The Human in Superhuman. Lexington Books. Eds. Alex Romagnoli and Sandra Eckard.

Professional Associations

Secretary (2013-Present) and Program Chair (2009-Present), World History Association


Frequently Taught Classes

  • A Graphic World: Sequential Art and World History (PR 447)
  • Ecological Imperialism (HS 573)
  • Graduate Seminar in the Modern History of Islamic Peoples (HS 591)
  • Historical Criticism (HS 501)
  • Historical Studies (HS 110)
  • History Comprehensive Exam (HS CPE)
  • Introduction to Islamic History (HS 291)
  • Introduction to the Study of World History (HS 503)
  • Militant Nationalism (HS 352)
  • Paris, 1919: a World History (HS 590)
  • Popular Culture and the Middle East (AN 290, HS 290)
  • Readings and Research in History (HS 399)
  • Western Civilization in World Perspective II (HS 102)