Abigail Lewis

Email: alewis26@nd.edu
Phone: 574-631-5123
Office: 1060R Nanovic Hall

Director of Undergraduate Studies, Postdoctoral Research Associate

Abby Lewis received a Ph.D. in European history in 2022 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a B.A. in history in 2012 from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her scholarship focuses on photography and the politics of memory in post-World War II Europe. She researches how art, photographs, and material culture provide lenses into experiences of warfare and occupation. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled, Double Exposure: French Photography and Everyday Choices from Nazi Occupation to Liberation. Her book explores the complex and individual experiences of photographers under Nazi Occupation in France. It also examines how photographs as evidence have shaped French collective memory since 1945. Her research has been supported by the French Embassy in the United States, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Société des Professeurs Français et Francophone d’Amérique, the DAAD, and the George L. Mosse Foundation in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As the director of undergraduate studies, Abby oversees all undergraduate research, grant, and curricular programs at the Nanovic Institute. As an undergraduate and graduate student, she had the immense privilege of living and researching in France, Germany, and Israel, and she is excited to help students gain international research and work experience. She advises Nanovic's collaborative research projects on art, warfare, and memory, including Ukrainian Art as Protest and Resilience (2022) and Writing War in Ukraine (2023). She is excited to continue to oversee research projects that involve deep collaboration between students at Notre Dame and the Ukrainian Catholic University.

Students should contact Abby to discuss anything from imagining a research project to conducting research in Europe or adding the EURO minor.

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