Andrea is interested in historical archaeology focused on researching the ethnically diverse history of East Los Angeles. She is the co-founder of the Maravilla Historical Society whose main focus is to preserve a handball court built in 1928 by French Basque and Mexican immigrants. Andrea has worked with the Chinese Historical Society of Southern California researching the lives of Chinese women in Los Angeles whose remains were disturbed in 2005 during the construction of a mass transit light rail. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a B.A. in Anthropology.