Lakshmi holds a BA in Classics from Northwestern University and a PhD in Classics from the University of Chicago. She received a Rome Prize in Ancient Studies from the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Trinity College from 2016-2018. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Harvard University's Department of the Classics.
Lakshmi's research interests include cultural change in the provinces of the Roman Empire; the presence of Romans in India; and the reception of classics in colonial India. Her forthcoming dissertation book, Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens from the Second Century BCE to the Third Century CE, identifies the logics by which groups of Roman merchants in non-Roman communities constructed and expressed their identity as members of an imperialist diaspora to explore how colonial power spread in the Roman Empire in the absence of state actors.
- "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.
RECENT and upcoming TALKS
- “Race in Antiquity” (working title). Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL. February 22, 2019 (forthcoming).
- "Patrons at Home, Patrons at Rome: Asian Cities and Associations of Roman Citizens." New Scholars Symposium, Bates College, Lewiston, ME. September 28, 2018 (forthcoming)
- "Intersectionality and the Mobility of Women, Slaves, and Freedpeople in the Roman World." Earlham College, Richmond, Indiana. February 2018
- "Consuming Greek, Excreting Latin: Parodying Wisdom in the Seven Sages Fresco at Ostia." Yale University, New Haven, CT. April 28, 2017
- "Proximity to Power: Rome, the Emperor, and the Roman Diaspora." College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. March 2, 2017
- "Provincial Perspectives." Babcock Lecture, Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, Rome, Italy. November 5, 2014
- "One and Many: Associations of Roman Citizens and Social Mobility in Achaia." Dynamiques sociales dans la péninsule hellénique sous l’empire: mobilité et changement statutaire, National Hellenic Research Foundation/École française d’Athènes. Athens, Greece, May 31, 2013
- "Associations of Roman Citizens and Peregrines in Moesia Inferior: Loyalty and Inter-Diaspora Interaction." University of Groningen, the Netherlands. May 31, 2013
- "Roman Collective Action in Asia Minor: Visibility in the Polis." Université Charles-de-Gaulle - Lille III. Lille, France, November 13, 2013
- 2014: Emeline Hill Richardson Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome
- 2013: Whiting Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Chicago
- 2012: Eric P. Newman Award, American Numismatic Society
- 2009: Lord Scholarship, American School for Classical Studies at Athens
- Introduction to the Ancient Roman World, Harvard University, Spring 2019
- Mobility and Identity in the Roman World (graduate seminar), Harvard University, Fall 2018
- Classics and Colonialism, Harvard University, Fall 2018
- Classics and Colonialism, Trinity College, Spring 2018
- Ancient Magic, Trinity College, Fall 2017 and Spring 2018
- Advanced Latin Prose: Virtus: Masculinity, Trinity College, Fall 2017
- Advanced Latin Poetry: Catullus, Trinity College, Fall 2017
- Sex and Sexualities in Ancient Greece and Rome, Trinity College, Fall 2017
- Introduction to Latin (at various levels), Trinity College and University of Chicago
- Introduction to Attic Greek (at various levels), University of Chicago
- Composition, University of Chicago, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016