Retha M. Warnicke has published numerous books and articles on Tudor women, especially queenship, including both monarchs' consorts and hereditary queens regnant. Three of her books featured Anne Boleyn, Anne of Cleves, and Mary, Queen of Scots. She has presented her findings at several conferences, most recently delivering a keynote address on Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth at the annual meeting of the Queen Elizabeth I Society. She has collaborated with Bettie Anne Doebler, emeritus professor of English, in publishing facsimile copies of women's funeral sermons first printed in the 17th-century. In their introductions, Doebler and Warnicke relate the gender differences they discovered in male and female eulogies. Warnicke's most recent project is "Re-Inventing the Wicked Women of Tudor England," which reveals how historians have validated negative gossip about Alice More, Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, the Duchess of Somerset and the Countess of Leicester. This gossip, mostly mined from diplomatic dispatches or Catholic polemical literature, was spread by individuals who had little or no personal contact with the women they slandered. The context for her research is the gender and cultural hierarchy that privileged men.
Warnicke's undergraduate lecture courses cover early English history: the Survey to 1688-89 and Tudor and Stuart England. While they contain social, cultural, economic and gender analyses, political history provides their framework. She also offers one of the department's required senior seminars. The students write research papers based on the travel descriptions or logs and letters of English travelers. The students' assignments provide them with the opportunity to read travel literature, mostly published in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, to research the places the travelers visited, and to assess English attitudes toward other cultures. Warnicke has also advised a number of master's and doctoral students in early modern English history.
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On the national and regional levels, Warnicke has served on editorial boards, such as the Medieval Renaissance Texts and Studies. In 2005, she was elected to the nominating committee of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women. A charter member of this society, she became its second president in 1995. The National Endowment for the Humanities selected her as a panelist twice and various journal editors and publishers have asked her to referee their manuscripts. She belongs to several prestigious societies, including the Royal Historical Society. She participates regularly in conferences of the Pacific Coast Branch of the North American Conference on British Studies and also of the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Her university service has been extensive. She was elected to the History Personnel and Advisory Committee four times and was chair of the department from 1992-8. In addition, she has participated on search committees for the associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts, for the chair of the English Department, and for several history positions. An affiliate of Women's Studies, she has served on its personnel and research committees. In 2004-05, she became a mentor of the Arizona State University Faculty Development Program.