Dr. Hyde joined the Kean faculty in 2007. She is the author of Cultivated Power: Flowers, Culture, and Politics in the Reign of Louis XIV (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005) and editor and contributor to A Cultural History of Gardens in the Renaissance, 1400-1650 in the series The Cultural History of Gardens (Bloomsbury, 2013). Dr. Hyde is currently writing Of Monarchical Climates and Republican Soil: Nature, Nation, and Botanical Diplomacy in the Franco-American Atlantic World, a book that explores the cultural and political dimensions of trans-Atlantic botanical exchange of plants, trees, and knowledge in the 18th century through the work of French botanist André Michaux and his American counterparts. She continues to work on a cultural history of “how-to” books from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries.
Degree Information: Ph.D., History, Harvard University; A.M., History, Harvard University; B.A., History, West Virginia University
Courses Taught: Western Civilization, Europe in the Renaissance, Europe in the 17th Century; Europe in the 18th Century; Witchcraft in the Western Tradition
Primary Area of Expertise: History, with a focus on the history of France in the early modern period, garden history, and women’s history