Julia Strauss is professor of Chinese politics in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, where she is a member of the SOAS China Institute and the SOAS Food Studies Centre.

Her research interests span both sides of the Taiwan Straits, focusing on state and institution building, governance, the performative dimensions of politics, the environment, and China's "going out" policy toward the developing world, particularly with respect to Africa and Latin America.

Strauss is editor of The History of the People's Republic of China (Cambridge University Press, 2006) and coeditor of From the Great Wall to the New World: China and Latin American in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and China and Africa: Emerging Patterns in Globalization and Development (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Among her many other publications is a monograph on state building in China.

She holds PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.