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Maryanne A. Rhett, Ph.D.


Director of Graduate Program in History

Scholarly interests: Islam, Comics, Nationalism

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Ph.D., Washington State University

Howard Hall 333

Dr. Maryanne A. Rhett, Associate 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 Secretary for World History Association as well as the WHA’s program committee chairman. She has arranged programs for the Mid-Atlantic World History Association, the World History Association, 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.


Representations of Islam in United States Comics, 1880-1922. London: Bloomsbury, forthcoming September, 2019.

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.

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

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.
Professional Associations

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