Areas of Expertise

Mesoamerican art, architecture, and visual culture; urbanity and early writing systems worldwide; the linguistics of Mesoamerican hieroglyphic writing; ancient script as visual culture; Maya hieroglyphic writing; Epi-Olmec hieroglyphic writing


Strauss specializes in the indigenous art and writing of the ancient Americas. Her dissertation focuses on the visual culture of the Terminal Formative to Early Classic Isthmus of Tehuantepec, and specificially the Epi-Olmec hieroglyphic system.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Texas-Austin 2017
Master of Arts, George Washington University 2013
Bachelor of Arts, Yale University 2011


Desde la matriz de Olman: The Birth of Writing in Formative Era Mesoamerica

El cenote sagrado: Excavation and Repatriation at the Golden Well of Chichen Itza

Professional Work

Exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (2013-2015): Ceramica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed