Sailakshmi Ramgopal

Sailakshmi Ramgopal

Research Interest




Ph.D. – University of Chicago, 2016
B.A. – Northwestern University, 2006


Interests and Research

Professor Sailakshmi Ramgopal is a Roman historian whose work explores mobilities and identities in the Roman world. Romans Abroad, her current book project, identifies the particular logics and changing modalities by which associations of Roman traders interacted with non-Romans outside the Italian peninsula, and traces the long-term, recursive effects of those dynamic interactions on the sociopolitical structures and cultural frameworks of the Roman empire. Other interests include the comparative study of diasporas, resistance, and the reception of classics in colonial and postcolonial India and North Africa. Professor Ramgopal was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (2014).



  • The Romans and their World



Awards, Grants, Fellowships

  • 2018    Loeb Faculty Research Grant, Department of the Classics, Harvard University
  • 2014    Emeline Hill Richardson Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome
  • 2014    Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, American Research Center in Sofia (declined)
  • 2013    Whiting Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Chicago
  • 2013    Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship in Archaeology, University of Chicago
  • 2012    Ephron Research Scholarship, Department of Classics, University of Chicago
  • 2010    Eric P. Newman Award, American Numismatic Society
  • 2009    Edward L. Ryerson Fellowship in Archaeology, University of Chicago
  • 2009    Lord Scholarship, American School for Classical Studies at Athens
  • 2009    Semple Award, Classical Association for the Middle West and South (declined)



Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens from the Second Century BCE to the Third Century CE (in progress)


Scholarly Articles

2018: “Mobility.” In A Cultural History of Empires in Antiquity, edited by Carlos F. Noreña, 131–52. Bloomsbury UK.

2017: “One and Many: Associations of Roman Citizens in Greece.” In Social Dynamics under Roman Rule: Mobility and Status Change in the Provinces of Achaia and Macedonia, edited by Athanasios Rizakis and Sophia Zoumbaki, 407–25. Meletemata 74. Athens: National Hellenic Research Foundation.