Abigail “Abby” Lewis

Position title: George L. Mosse Fellow: European Cultural History

Email: aelewis3@wisc.edu

Advisors: Laird Boswell and Mary Louise Roberts

Abigail "Abby" Lewis


I’m a historian of modern European and French History with a focus on the relationships between memory, visual culture, war and occupation, and gender studies. My on-going interest is on the visual and collective memory of World War II, the Nazi occupation of France, and the Holocaust. My current research examines French photography under the Nazis and the Vichy Regime. I’m interested in the ways that photographs mass marketed the Vichy Regime’s ideological agenda, but also how images provided a space for resistance. My dissertation also maps the ways that the meanings of these images then transformed over time and through various public spaces, including the media, museums, and court proceedings.


M.A. in History, The University of Wisconsin-Madison (2014)
B.A. in History, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012)


  • European History

MA Title

  • “Constructing a Site of Memory: The Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr in Paris”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “The Collaborationist Eye: The History and Memory of French Photography under the Nazis”


  • JB and Maurice C. Shapiro Fellowship at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies
  • Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship
  • Bourse Jeanne Marandon from the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophones d’Amérique
  • George L. Mosse Teaching Fellowship
  • IRIS Summer Field Work Award
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Writing Fellowship
  • David Sorkin Graduate Student Award
  • Early Excellence in Teaching Award
  • DAAD German Language Summer Fellowship
  • Lipton Study Abroad Award.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association
  • Society for French Historical Studies
  • Western Society for French History

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 119 – Europe and the Modern World, 1500-1815
  • History 120 – Europe and the Modern World, 1815-present
  • 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

Courses Taught as Instructor

  • History 223 – Picturing History: Visual Culture and Memory in Modern Europe