Dr. Candi Cann
Office: Morrison Hall 101.10
Department: Baylor Interdisciplinary Core
BIC Courses: World Cultures, Social World
Dr. Candi Cann teaches World Cultures, Social World, World Religions, and Buddhism at Baylor University, and teaches in both the BIC and the Religion department. She received both her A.M. and Ph.D. in Comparative Religion from Harvard University, an M.A. in Asian Religions from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a B.A. in Asian Studies and English from St. Andrews in North Carolina.
Her research focuses on death and dying, and the impact of remembering (and forgetting) in shaping how lives are recalled, remembered and celebrated. She examined this theme through martyrdom in her early scholarship, but more recently has shifted to "virtual" memorials, specifically examining internet memorials and social network sites as a way for remembering the dead. Dr. Cann's most recent book is Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-first Century with the University Press of Kentucky, and she has also written various chapters and articles on virtual/Internet memorialization. Her textbook The World Religions: Essential Readings and Handbook, published by Pearson-Prentiss Hall, was shaped by her pedagogical approach that religion is a phenomenon that should not be merely observed but practiced. For this reason, many of her students can expect to do fieldwork, whether it be an excursion to a mosque or an internship in hospice.
Dr. Cann's own fieldwork has largely occurred in China and Argentina. She has lived and worked in various regions of China, first working for the Amity Foundation in China, and later helping write the first Let's Go travel guide for China. Additionally, she has lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in addition to studying at the Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones (DEI) in San Jose, Costa Rica, and heading the Latino Cultural Center (as GA) for two years at MIT.
Dr. Cann regularly blogs for the Huffington Post on issues related to death and dying, and actively tweets on the subject as well. When she is not thinking about and writing on death, Dr. Cann attempts to live well, pursuing her love of travel, reading, surfing, and writing poetry.