Student NameCarter Glogowski
Faculty Mentor NameMelissa Hyde
CollegeCollege of Arts
MajorArt History and Political Science
MinorMinors in History and French & Francophone Studies; Certificate in International Relations
Research InterestsMinors in History and French & Francophone Studies; Certificate in International Relations
Academic AwardsPhi Kappa Phi Member, Anderson Scholar with Highest Distinction, James J. Rizzi Scholarship Recipient, University Honors Program
OrganizationsUF Mock Trial Team--Captain, Fall 2018-Spring 2019; Murphree Area Government Business Manager; Student Fellow at the Bob Graham Center for Public Service
Hobbies and InterestsI love fencing, hiking, rock climbing and sailing!

Research Project

Napoleon’s Empire of Art: A Critical Examination of the Politics of Art Under Bonaparte

As a historical figure, Bonaparte’s impact on European history almost lives up to his legend, as reflected in the depth of historical literature on his life and times reflects that. Still, there is a need for an explicitly interdisciplinary consideration of what Bonaparte’s impact on the French art institutions of the First Empire was in contemporary political terms. I contend that the practice of systematic cultural appropriation, both immediately preceding and during Bonaparte’s imperial ascension, was unique in its scope, political motivations and calculated execution prior to the Second World War. Arts acquisitions were not merely spoils of war for Bonaparte’s regime, they represented an unprecedented program to acclimate the great works of other cultures into the French oeuvre, effectively rewriting the history of Western humanities to fit their own image. My University Scholars Program project will rely on interdisciplinary methods, focusing on a critical, explicitly political lens, to argue that the underlying politics behind artistic production, theft and display in Napoleonic France would profoundly influence Western museum culture, resonating to this very day.