Melissa Hyde did her graduate work in the History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley. Her field of specialization is eighteenth- and nineteenth-century European art, with an emphasis on cultural history, gender studies, feminist theory and the history of art criticism. She teaches courses on European art (especially French); and on gender and the visual arts. Hyde has taught in UF's study abroad programs in Paris and Florence. She has been the recipient of the College of Fine Arts Teacher of the Year Award, and was named the College of Fine Arts International Educator of the Year in 2005 and 2011. She was awarded a UF Research Foundation Professorship for 2008-11.
Professor Hyde is the author of numerous publications that focus on gender and visual culture in eighteenth-century France. Her books include Making Up the Rococo: François Boucher and his Critics (2006), and co-edited volumes: Women, Art and the Politics of Identity in Eighteenth-Century Europe (2003), and Rethinking Boucher (2006), to which she was a contributing editor. Her most recent co-edited volume entitled Plumes et pinceaux de Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun à Johanna von Haza. L'art français vue par les Européenes 1750-1850 was published in 2012. Rococo Echo: Art, Theory and Historiography, a collection of essays edited with Katie Scott, is currently under review with Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth-Century.
This year Hyde is completeing a book, co-authored with Mary D. Sheriff, entitled Women in French Art. Rococo to Romanticism 1750-1830. The proposal for this book won the inaugural Mellor Prize, an award bestowed by the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). She was a consulting curator for an exhibition on 18th- and 19th-century women artists entitled Royalists to Romantics, which opened at the NMWA in February 2012, and has written catalogue essays for this and several other exhibitions, including Anne Vallayer-Coster. Painter to the Court of Marie-Antoinette (2002) Alexander Roslin (2007), and Rococo: The Continuing Curve (2008).
Hyde lectures widely in Europe and the US, and has held post-doctoral fellowships from the American Association of University Women and the Getty Research Institute. More recently, she has been a fellow at the Clark Art Institute and at the Institut national de l’histoire d’art, Paris. She has served on the Executive Board of the International Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, as well as the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, is an Advisory Editor for Eighteenth-Century Studies, and an Editorial Board member of H-France. She is a past president of the Historians of Eighteenth-Century Art and Architecture (HECAA).
On sabbatical for the academic year 2012-13.