University of Wisconsin–Madison

Abigail “Abby” Lewis

Advisors: Laird Boswell and Mary Louise Roberts

Abigail "Abby" Lewis


My research explores visual culture, war, occupation, memory, and gender in modern European history, with a focus on France and World War II. My dissertation examines photography and photojournalism in both occupied France and Vichy during World War II. I’m particularly interested in the ways that photographs were mobilized during World War II as a source of propaganda, as well as a potential space for resistance. My research treats photographs as visual and material objects that have the power to move people far after their moment of production.


B.A., UNC Chapel Hill, History, 2012


  • French History, European History, Gender History

MA Title

  • “Constructing a Site of Memory: The Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr, 1951-1965”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Collaborationist Eye: Vichy Photography and the German Occupation of France, 1940-1945”


  • Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship, Bourse Jeanne Marandon
  • George L. Mosse Fellowship, Early Excellence in Teaching Award
  • DAAD German Language Fellowship
  • David Sorkin Graduate Student Support Award
  • Lipton Study Abroad Award

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 120 – Europe and the Modern World, 1815-present
  • History 119 – Europe and the Modern World, 1500-1815
  • History 348 – France from Napoleon to the Great War, 1799-1914
  • History 358 – The Old Regime and the French Revolution
  • History 359 – Europe Since 1945