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William Taggart

William Taggart, Instructor

Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
318 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-5361 |

William Taggart is an anthropologist, artist, and translator whose work focuses on social change, violence, and new media in the contemporary Middle East. He recently published (with Nadine Sinno) a translation of Huda Hamed's novel, I Saw Her in My Dreams (2023, University of Texas Press). Since 2014, he has carried out fieldwork in Beirut, documenting street art and graffiti in the city. He teaches courses in Arab Culture and Civilization, Arab Cinema, War and Arab Culture, and Research in Arab Culture at Virginia Tech. 

  • Culture(s) of the Contemporary Arab World 
  • New Media in the Arab World 
  • War, Conflict, and Terrorism in the Middle East
  • Visual Anthropology of the Middle East
  • Literary Translation
  • 2006. S.M. Science, Technology and Society. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • 2002. M.A. Anthropology. University of Arkansas.
  • 2000-2002. Graduate Fellowship, King Fahd Center for Middle East and Islamic Studies, University of Arkansas. 
  • 2000. School of Arabic, Middlebury College.
  • 2000. B.A. (cum laude), Anthropology. University of Arkansas. 
  • 2023. Cultural Assessment Coordinator, Project GO at Virginia Tech 
  • 2022. Member, Visiting Assistant Professor Search Committee, Virginia Tech.
  • 2020-2021. Faculty Senator, Radford University. 
  • 2016-2018. Member, Academic Outreach Committee, VT Salaam Project, Virginia Tech. 

2023. Certificate of Teaching Excellence. College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Virginia Tech. 

Published Books 

  • 2023. I Saw Her in My Dreams. Translation of a novel by Huda Hamed, with Nadine Sinno. University of Texas Press. 

Journal Articles

  • 2017. [Photo credits]: Sinno, N. "A War of Colors: Beirut Street Art and Reclamation of Public Space." ASAP/Journal, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2017, pp. 71-104. Project MUSE 
  • 2006. S. Turkle, W. Taggart, C. Kidd. Relational Artifacts with Children and Elders: the Complexities of Cybercompanionship. Connection Science. New York: Taylor and Francis. 
  • 2001. A Digital Revolt: Resistance and Agency on the Net. Working Papers: New Media and Information Technologies in the Middle East. Georgetown University. 

Book Chapters

  • 2006. (c0de): Virtual Occupations, Encrypted Identities, and the Al-Aqsa Intifada. In Native on the Net: Indigenous and Diasporic Peoples in the Virtual Age. Ed. Kyra Landzelius. New York: Routledge. 


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