Beth Harris

About Beth Harris

Beth is co-founder and executive editor for Smarthistory and faculty emeritus at Khan Academy. Previously, she was dean of art and history at Khan Academy. She works with leading museums to bring their content to new global audiences and acquires, edits, and publishes short essays on art and history by leading academics. She was the first director of digital learning at The Museum of Modern Art, where she started MoMA Courses Online and co-produced educational videos, websites and apps. Before joining MoMA, Beth was Associate Professor of art history and director of distance learning at the Fashion Institute of Technology where she taught both online and in the classroom. She has co-authored, with Dr. Steven Zucker, numerous articles on the future of education and the future of museums, topics she regularly addresses at conferences around the world. She received her Master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and her doctorate in Art History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

Eleusis Amphora
This early example of ancient Greek pottery depicts not just one, but two myths: Perseus slaying Medusa and Odysseus blinding the cyclops.

Eleusis Amphora

Explore the mythological decorations of the treasury of Siphnos, an island that used its great wealth to earn the favor of the gods.

Siphnian Treasury, Delphi

The important god Apollo spoke through his Priestess at Delphi and Greek cities sought his favor by making elaborate offerings.

Sanctuary of Apollo, Delphi