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Julia Luisa Abramson

Associate Professor, French

Kaufman Hall 217


Prof. Julia Luisa Abramson researches, teaches, and directs research about the social and cultural history of France, Francophone cinema, and contemporary society and culture. Her publications address such topics as interrelated historical, formal, and ethical dimensions of literary and other discursive deceptions; the logics and practices of French food culture; and the modes and consequences of interactions among finance, social life, and cultural production. She has affiliate appointments with the Department of Film and Media Studies, the Institute for Community and Society Transformation (ICAST), and the Data Institute for Societal Challenges (DISC).

Prof. Abramson is a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Partnerships, where she works with the Vice Presidents for Research and Partnerships and with faculty and staff across the colleges to help implement the university’s strategic plan for research.

She teaches courses in both French and English, including FR 3753 – French Culture through Film, covering key episodes in the cultural history as well as the history and aesthetics of cinema across Francophone cultures; FR 3723 – French for the Professions addressing practical and applied topics as well as historical, cultural, and ethical dimensions; FR 2253 – Health, Medicine, and the Environment in French-Speaking Cultures; and seminars in the French 17th and 18th centuries.

Prof. Abramson is the faculty advisor for French. She can be reached by email: 

Selected Publications

Julia Luisa Abramson, "Hoax, Fraud, Plagiarism, Forgery." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. Oxford University Press:  2023, 1-46. DOI:

Julia Luisa Abramson, "Finance, fraude, libertinage : Mythe et histoire dans Le paysan parvenu de Marivaux, sa fin apocryphe et Manon Lescaut de Prévost.” L’Argent du libertinage, ed. Éric Turcat. Paris, France: L’Harmattan, 2021, 67-99.

Julia Luisa Abramson, “French food on film: Beyond gastronomy in La Noire de …, Chocolat, and La Graine et le mulet.” Contemporary French Civilization 42.3-4 (2017): 259-78. DOI:

Julia Luisa Abramson, “Narrating ‘finances’ after John Law: Complicity, critique, and the bonds of obligation in Duclos and Mouhy.” Finance and Society 2.1 (2016): 25-44. Republished by Cambridge University Press, 2024. DOI:

Julia Luisa Abramson, “Pourquoi Piketty ? French Enlightenment and the American Reception of Capital in the Twenty-First Century.” Common-place: The Journal of Early American Life, 16.3 (Spring 2016).

Julia Luisa Abramson, “Pratiques alimentaires, choix et individualisation : l’intérêt de la démarche biographique.” Sociologie et sociétés 46.2 (Fall 2014): 157-79.

Julia Luisa Abramson, “Une réfugiée de la Terreur en Amérique : Nation, terre, et identité dans les mémoires de la marquise de La Tour du Pin (1770-1835).” Relire le patrimoine lettré de l’Amérique française. Sébastien Côté and Charles Doutrelepont, eds. Quebec, Canada: University of Laval Press, 2013, 161-86.

Julia Luisa Abramson, Food Culture in France. Greenwood Press, 2007.

Julia Luisa Abramson, Learning from Lying: Paradoxes of the Literary Mystification. University of Delaware Press, 2005.


Ph.D., Princeton University

B.A., Bryn Mawr College

Teaching Schedule for Fall 2024:

FR 3753-001 French Culture Through Film, KH 233, TR 9:00-10:15