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Dr. Cann teaches World Cultures, Social World, World Religions, Death and Dying in World Religions, and Buddhism at Baylor University, in both the BIC and the Religion department. She received both her M.A. 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.
Dr. Cann's research focuses on death and dying, and the impact of remembering (and forgetting) in shaping how lives are recalled, remembered, and celebrated. She has published one book, Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-First Century (2014), which focused on grief and memorialization in the contemporary world. She has two books pending publication, including, Dying to Eat: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death and the Afterlife (anticipated 2017), and WhiteOut (anticipated 2018).
Dr. Cann has lived and worked in various regions of China, first working for the Amity Foundation in China, and later helping write the first travel guide. Additionally, she has lived and worked in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and studied at the Departamento Ecuménico de Investigaciones (DEI) in San Jose, Costa Rica, and headed the Latino Cultural Center (as GA) for two years at MIT. Currently, she is spearheading the Baylor in Hawaii Program, slated to start the summer in 2018.
Dr. Cann attempts to live well by pursuing her love of travel, reading, surfing, and writing poetry. Living in Texana House with Dr. Cann is her 10-year-old daughter, Maia. About the Texana FIR appointment, Dr. Cann says, "I am thrilled to live and fellowship with Baylor students in Texana House. I am excited to share God's call and Maia and I both look forward to opening our home and hearts with others while getting to be a part of the students' everyday lives."