James Macksoud

Graduate Student in Classics
CESTA Digital Humanities Graduate Fellow (2022-23)
Project Title
Assessing the Diffusion and Isomorphism of Organizational Forms and Operations among Ancient Roman Associations

In recent years, a number of important contributions have been made to the study of private associations in the Roman world further illustrating the common organizational models frequently employed by many of these associations as well as reassessing the relationship of ‘private’ associations to civic institutions, the Roman state, and the process of ‘Romanization.’ My project attempts to further this work by utilizing (and expanding upon) digital databases and catalogs of ancient organizations in order to apply quantitative methods for evaluating the degree of institutional isomorphism among these associations as well as to potentially produce geo-spatial visualizations of connectivity and processes of institutional diffusion among ancient associations.