Skip to Content

Nichelle Frank

Nichelle Frank profile picture
  • Title: Graduate Employee
  • Office: 340S McKenzie Hall
  • Office Hours: Fall 2018: Wednesday noon–1:30 p.m. (or by appointment)
  • Adviser: Marsha Weisiger
  • Interests: US West, environmental history, historic preservation, architectural history, urban history, women's history, race and ethnicity
  • Curriculum Vitae


I am a PhD candidate and Gradutate Teaching Fellow (GTF) in the Department of History at the University of Oregon. My main interests are in history of the American West, particularly architecture, urban planning, and environmental history. These fields of inquiry shape my disseration, “Sanitizing History: Environmental Cleanup and Historic Preservation in Butte, Leadville, and Globe," which traces the histories of the environmental and historic preservation movements in three Rocky Mountain mining towns to understand how and why the two movements have overlapped as well as contradicted one another. This research demonstrates that the two movements have common interests at heart and will benefit from collaboration and policy revisions. 

Prior to my time at UO, I earned my Bachelor and Master's degrees from Colorado State University in Fort Collins. My B.A. is in History with an English minor and my M.A. is in History with a Public History minor. My Master's thesis was entitled "Denver Goes to the Movies: Engaging National-Scale Identity Shifts from Movie House to Movie Palace, 1900-1940," and argued for the placement of Denver movie theaters within a national context as both influenced by national trends and influencing national trends in architecture, film, and identity. You can access it here: A portion of my thesis was published in Marquee and won the Jeffrey Weiss Award for Theatre History Writing. My undergraduate honors thesis was on film history in Depression-era United States. 

My work experience includes teaching U.S. Women's History at University of Oregon, teaching U.S. History and Colorado History at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton, Colorado, writing an architectural history for the Astor House in Golden, Colorado, and conducting two internships with the Public Lands History Center (PLHC) in Fort Collins, Colorado (oral history project for Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and creating a finding aid for the photography collection at Fort Collins Utilities). My oral history project on Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument won the Rocky Mountain Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit Student Award. I have also been a volunteer reviewer for National Register Nomination forms with the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office as well as a volunteer preservationist with HistoriCorps.


US West, mining, architectural history, urban history, environmental history, race/ethnicity, women's history