Candi Cann, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religion in the BIC
Baylor Interdisciplinary Core
BIC Courses: World Cultures, Social World
Dr. Candi K. Cann, Associate Professor of Religion in the BIC, teaches at Baylor University 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 Hawai'i at Manoa, and a B.A. in Asian Studies and English from St. Andrews in North Carolina. At Baylor, she teaches courses in World Cultures, Social World, World Religions, Buddhism, and Death and Dying.
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 examined this theme through martyrdom in her early scholarship. Dr. Cann's first book, Virtual Afterlives: Grieving the Dead in the Twenty-first Century with the University Press of Kentucky (2014), centered on grief and memorialization in the contemporary world. She has also written various chapters and articles on digital death and grief. Her second book Dying to Eat: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Food, Death and the Afterlife (also with University Press of Kentucky, 2017) is an edited collection on the intersection of food in death and grief. Her third book, The Routledge Handbook of Death and Afterlife(Routledge, 2018), is an edited collection containing thirty chapters examining death and afterlife from around the world.
Dr. Cann has also written lots of articles and book chapters, including her article titled “African American Deathways" in Oxford Bibliographies in African American Studies. (Oxford University Press, 2020), and her co-written piece on COVID, "Death, Grief, and Funerals in the COVID age (www.covidpaper.org) utilized by Option B, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Presidential Taskforce on Grief & Loss, and the New York State Psychological Association, among many others. Dr. Cann's current projects are researching diversity in death, and the intersection of death and technology around the world.
- Recent Research Grants
- Popular Writing
- Huffington Post
- Harvard Divinity School Cosmologics