Joseph Straus is a music theorist specializing in music of the twentieth century, with research interests that include set theory, voice-leading in post-tonal music, the music of Stravinsky, and the music Ruth Crawford Seeger. His book, Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory, is a standard college textbook on this topic. His book Remaking the Past received the Wallace Berry award from the Society for Music Theory (SMT); Professor Straus was the President of the SMT from 1997-99. He is a Distinguished Professor of Music at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and author of Extraordinary Measures: Disability in Music.