John Strauss is Professor in the Economics Department and in the Davis School of Gerontology at the University of Southern California.  He was Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal, Economic Development and Cultural Change from August 2003 until November 2013.  He was co-editor of the Handbook of Development Economics, Volume 4, which contains major surveys of the recent scientific literature on various topics in development economics, including a co-authored a chapter by Strauss on health and development economics.

Strauss is the Principal Investigator of Indonesia Family Life Survey (IFLS), with co-PIs Bondan Sikoki of Survey Meter, and Firman Witoelar.  IFLS is a major panel survey of households and communities in Indonesia, funded by NIA and NICHD.  Strauss is also a Principal Investigator of the China Health and Retirement Study (CHARLS), along with Professor Yaohui Zhao of Peking University and Dr. Gonghuan Yang of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College. CHARLS is funded by NIA. His previous positions include in the Economics departments at Michigan State University, Yale and the University of Virginia. He is also affiliated with the RAND Corporation and is a Chang Jiang Scholar at Peking University.