M.S.    Social and Cultural Anthropology

         Interculturalism, Migration, and Minorities Research Center

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium                                                                                        2018

Indicative percentage: 80,82% Magna Cum Laude

Master’s Thesis: Brokenness Made Beautiful: Evangelical Transformations

B.A.    International Studies: Africa & The Middle East, Arts and Culture

         (Honors Program)

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas                                                             2009

Summa Cum Laude

            GPA: 3.95 (Scale 4.0)

Undergraduate Thesis: Outward Expressions of Identity among Urban Senegalese Women

Academic Achievements/Awards

•   Texas A&M University Scholar: Scholarship and honors ambassador position awarded to the most innovative and motivated students in a graduating class. 04/06-05/09
•   Texas A&M Dean’s Honor Roll: Awarded to students who achieve a GPA of 3.75 or higher each semester. 12/05-05/09
•   Texas A&M President’s Endowed Scholar: Four-year academic scholarship awarded for academic achievement, leadership, and community service. 08/05-05/09
•   Aggie International Service Grant: Grant awarded by the Academy for Future International Leaders for humanitarian service abroad and on-campus promotion of social justice and international awareness. 05/08-09/08
•   3rd Place in the Raymond Ideas Challenge: Awarded by Mays Business School to students who envision and present an exceptionally creative idea or product innovation. 05/06
·  College Board Hispanic National Scholar: Awarded for outstanding academic performance by students of Hispanic origin, nationwide. 05/05


Publications and Conferences

Candelaria, Tahni. Anthropology at “Home”: Implications and Limitations. Doing Ethnography and Beyond: Graduate Colloquium in Anthropology. April 13, 2016. Leuven, Belgium.

Candelaria, Tahni. Taking on the Land of Teranga: Women’s Identity in Senegalese Society. Explorations: The Texas A&M Undergraduate Research Journal, 1: 1-5, Fall 2009. Article can be read online here.

Research Specialties

  • Empirical Religion
  • Anthropology of Religion (Evangelicalism)
  • Anthropology of the Body

Qualitative Research Experience

Brussels, Belgium

·  12-month immersion in an international Evangelical Protestant church in Brussels.

·  Carried out ethnographic research via participant observation, semi-structured interviews, and group interviews.

·  Using qualitative data analysis software (Nvivo), I organized and coded all my data in order to structure and complete my data analysis.

·  Combined the knowledge gained from my analysis with existing anthropological and sociological theory to produce new insights into the study of religion, urbanity, and social action and agency.

Dakar, Senegal

·  Attended Senegalese social events, religious ceremonies, dance and drum courses, and music events as participant observation.

·  Combined my study of Senegalese female literature with my participant observation to produce a thesis on urban female identity expression under the mentorship of my advisor.

Istanbul, Turkey 05/06
·  Conducted structured interviews and group interviews with young Turkish adults aged 18-30.

·  Transcribed daily interviews and submitted my work to an English language institute in Istanbul in order to contribute to a greater understanding of their clients’ needs.

Professional Experience

Joyeuse Photography

Brooklyn, NY

·  Conceptualized and launched a wedding and portrait photography studio as a sole proprietor that gained international recognition and clients during my second year in business.

·  Successfully navigated client relationships and customer service as well as managed and communicated with dozens of people while photographing and helping people to feel comfortable.

·  Had my work featured online as well as in print magazines and books.

·  Photographed 30+ weddings and 50+ portrait sessions a year for the years I was located in Brooklyn in both English and French with clients from very diverse corners of the world.

·  Maintained a photography website and blog, social media strategy and managed all administrative tasks of the business.

MICEview International

Brussels, Belgium

·  Bi-weekly visits to different hotels in Brussels in order to gather information about events being hosted.

·  Successfully delivered information meeting daily deadlines to my supervisor.

·  Managed my schedule and my tasks, making decisions on my own while in the field.


Leadership and Community Service

Graduate Colloquium in Anthropology Organizer

·  Along with my co-organizer, I planned from start to finish a graduate research seminar for anthropology masters students.

·  Facilitated communication with seminar volunteers and led all colloquium-planning meetings. Worked with university staff to make budget and scheduling decisions.

·  Came up with the colloquium concept (Applied Anthropology) and completed the brand and graphic design for the event. Coordinated event publicity with volunteers.

·  Ran the event from set-up to clean-up and moderated a panel of speakers on the subject of fieldwork relationships.

Anthropology Masters Student Representative

·  Attended monthly committee meetings with other student representatives and faculty.

·  Enhanced communication between students and faculty, as well as provided feedback and concerns in order to improve the Anthropology Masters Program at KU Leuven.

·  Created an initiative to connect students from different phases of the program.

TEAK Fellowship Volunteer

·  Volunteer assisting New York high school students in various activities to prepare them for college and the workforce.

New York Couchsurfing Ambassador

·  Volunteer to host people from different countries, assisting and introducing them to New York City and American culture.

PACEM Volunteer

·  Volunteered at winter homeless shelters to provide meals, assistance, and friendship.

Honors Program Ambassador

·  Assisted the honors department in planning and execution of activities and programs for current and prospective students.

Bryan High School ESL tutor

·  Tutored ESL high school students in English, Science, Math, and Social Studies.

Global Justice Student Organization

·  Student-led organization advocating and raising awareness about global human rights issues.

International Student Association Mentor

·  Student organization serving and supporting Texas A&M international students by helping to meet needs and provide friendship.



  • English Native Speaker & Proofreader
  • Intermediate knowledge of French
  • Intermediate knowledge of Ancient Greek
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish
  • Basic knowledge of Italian


  • Qualitative Research/Ethnography
  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Public Speaking
  • Event Planning