M.S.    Social and Cultural Anthropology

Interculturalism, Migration, and Minorities Research Center

KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium                                                                              09/15-Present

Indicative percentage: 80,82%

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

         (Honors Program)

Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas                                                             05/09

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

International Research and Volunteer Experience

Brussels, Belgium

·  Ongoing research in an Evangelical Protestant church in Brussels.

·  Year-long research will result in a Masters thesis in Social and Cultural Anthropology.

Dakar, Senegal

·  Completed research on female identity expression.

·  Studied West African dance, drum, literature, film, and language.

·  Volunteered, teaching French and art to disadvantaged children.

Inner Mongolia Province, China

·  Taught conversational English to engineering students at Gong Da University.

Istanbul, Turkey 05/06
·  Completed ethnographic research among adults age 18-30 living in Istanbul for an English language company.


Professional Experience

Joyeuse Photography                                                  Brooklyn, NY

·  Wedding and portrait photography business owner and operator.

·  Photographed clients across the U.S. and abroad while immersed in different cultures, practices, and languages.



Leadership and Community Service

Graduate Colloquium in Anthropology Organizer

·  Involved in the planning and production of a research seminar that will take place in April 2017.

·  Facilitate communication and lead all colloquium-planning meetings.

·  Graphic design and publicity for the event.

Anthropology Masters Student Representative

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

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

·  Participate in the creation of initiatives and implementing the ideas of students and staff.

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