Strauss, born in 1970, is a photographer and installation artist living and working in her hometown of Philadelphia. She began photography in 2000 and had recently completed “Under I-95,” a 10-year project that resulted in a photography installation of those photographed under a section of Interstate 95 in Philadelphia. Her work has been exhibited in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Strauss has been recognized for her many accomplishments, including a Pew Fellowship, the George Gund Foundation Fellowship and a Leeway Foundation Seedling Award, among others. Zoe Strauss resided as the Lamar Dodd Chair during the 2014–2015 school year.