Abigail “Abby” Lewis

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

Email: aelewis3@wisc.edu

Advisors: Laird Boswell and Mary Louise Roberts
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Abigail "Abby" Lewis


I’m a historian of Modern Europe with a specific focus on Vichy France, World War II, and the Holocaust. My research interests center on histories of occupation during World War II and the role of visual culture. My research and teaching utilizes visual and material culture to study daily life during World War II and to examine the formation of postwar memory. My dissertation examines the history of photography in Nazi occupied France and Vichy France and analyzes the experiences of photographers tasked with documenting political change and crisis. I also map the uses of occupation-era photographs over time as press photos, propaganda, legal evidence, historical objects, and as part of the collective memory of the war years.


M.A., History UW-Madison (2014)
B.A., History UNC 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”

Selected Publications


  • Paul Glad Writing Prize
  • George L. Mosse Exchange Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • JB and Maurice C Shapiro Fellowship, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • George L. Mosse Teaching Fellowship
  • Chateaubriand Dissertation Fellowship
  • Bourse Jeanne Marandon
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Writing Fellowship
  • IRIS Summer Field Work Award
  • DAAD Summer Language Fellowship
  • Early Excellence in Teaching 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