Sailakshmi Ramgopal received her B.A. in Classics from Northwestern University in 2006 and M.A. in Classics from the University of Chicago in 2009. She currently holds a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome for the 2014-15 academic year. Her dissertation is titled "Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens from the Second Century B.C.E. to the Third Century C.E.” It examines the role of private groups of Roman traders in cultural production through interactions with local communities across the empire.
Sailakshmi's areas of specialization are the Roman diaspora; mobility in the Roman world; minority communities in antiquity; and Roman colonization. She is also interested in the application of anthropological perspectives to the study of ancient populations.
"Italia Restituta: The Economic Policy of Trajanic Road Construction," CAMWS Annual Meeting, 2008