My name is Hayley Trickey, I am an International Student from the United Kingdom, and I am a second-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Gender Studies at Indiana University. My research centers around the socio-cultural aspects, societal consequences, and politicization of grief. From a sociocultural perspective, I am interested in understanding how contemporary western culture affords and sanctions grief through the lens of mothers who have experienced the death of a child. I focus on grief that is often misunderstood or incomprehensible. For example, the grief of mothers who commit infanticide, mothers of perpetrators, specifically the grief of mothers whose children have been convicted of heinous or egregious crimes, and mothers whose children's deaths have been politicized; therefore, death and grief become simultaneously appropriated by society at large.
PhD Student, Gender Studies