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Nichelle Frank

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  • Title: Graduate Employee
  • Office: 340S McKenzie Hall
  • Office Hours: Fall 2017: Wednesday 11:00-1:00 pm, and by appointment.
  • Adviser: Weisiger
  • Interests: US West


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 and the built environment as they relate to environmental history. My research has focused on Colorado history, including historic movie theaters of Denver, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, CSU's Solar Village, and photograph archive accessioning for Fort Collins Utilities. 

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: My undergraduate honors thesis was on film history in Depression-era United States. 

My work experience includes 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). 


American West, mining towns, architectural history, built environment and urban history, environmental history, race/ethnicity, gender