Lakshmi Ramgopal is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, and ancient historian who holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago. Based in Boston and Chicago, Lakshmi releases ambient music through her project Lykanthea, and tours internationally with work that experiments with South Indian sound and movement traditions. Her debut EP Migration (2014) won praise from NoiseyChicago Tribune, Chicago Readerand Public Radio International's The World, and she recently showed sound installations at Chicago's Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art and Lincoln Park Conservatory. Lakshmi also authors scholarship on cultural change in the Roman Empire and writes about South Asian American identity and the intersections of race and the occult for Jezebel, Shondaland, Atlas ObscuraBroadly, and more.

Lakshmi has been invited to speak and/or perform at Yale University, Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art, and Wave-Gotik in Leipzig, Germany. She was the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College from 2016-2018. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and working on her first book and second album.

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"Mobility." In A Cultural History of Western Empires, ed. Carlos Noreña. Bloomsbury UK, 2018 (forthcoming in print).
"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, Proceedings of a Conference Held in Athens, May 30th-31st 2014, MELETEMATA 74, ed. A.D. Rizakis, F. Camia, S. Zoumbaki, 407-425, 2017.

“A Guide to Delos.” HumanxNature (forthcoming)

Freelance reporting:
Demystifying Pamela Colman SmithShondaland, July 2018
Magic Is for Everyone: Meet Some of the Artists Bringing Racial Diversity to TarotCatapult, August 2017
Revealing the Unwritten Obstacles Faced by Academics of ColorLiterary Hub, May 2017
Brown Girls is the Show About Women, Friendship and Love You've Been Waiting ForJezebel, Feb. 2017
'Go and Reclaim Your Tools': Meet the Woman Behind Black Witch UniversityBroadly, Oct. 2016
Avant-garde Pioneer Pamela Z Brings her Otherworldly Vocal Manipulations to ConstellationChicago Reader, Sept. 2016

UPcoming events

12.16.18 - musical performance: Gather fundraiser. Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL. All ages.
2.22.19 - academic lecture: “Race in Antiquity” (working title). Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.