Hi there, I’m Andrea.

I’ve been a lover of the arts and cultural heritage my whole life. With a librarian and a teacher for parents, it was hard not to spend the majority of my childhood in cultural and educational institutions (this involved everything from reshelving books “for fun” to running through the school’s empty hallways and sliding across the waxed floors in my socked-feet). Even our family vacations centered around visiting museums, national parks and historical sites. From a very early age, my parents nurtured in me a deep appreciation for cultural institutions and the arts, so much so that I attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for my undergraduate degree.

I worked as a graphic designer for five years before going to law school. In 2014, I graduated from DePaul University College of law, magna cum laude, and received an LL.M. degree in European Business Law, cum laude, from Radboud University in the Netherlands. My legal focus? Art and Cultural Heritage Law.

In September 2014, I joined the University of Glasgow School of Law as a Postgraduate Researcher and PhD Candidate in Cultural Heritage Law for the CREATe Research Councils UK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (yes, that’s a mouthful). Working closely with the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, my research considers how cultural heritage institutions have responded to the increasing need to engage in commercialization activities during a time of economic cutbacks. My work examines the impact of technology on the public domain and the obstacles and opportunities generated by the digital realm. My research aims to propose recommendations for the legal, cultural, and ethical issues that continue to challenge cultural institutions, while communicating the complexity of these issues to the general public in an effort to increase public understanding.

I am also a registered attorney with the Illinois bar, and I love, love, love Dr. Pepper.

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