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Available Expert - Public mourning and the loss of an election

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Queen's University researcher Jill Scott is available to discuss the emotional impact of an electoral loss on candidates, supporters and voters at large.

"Grief is usually associated with the loss of a loved one or even of a revered public figure," says Dr. Scott. "However, those who have lost a battle in the political arena also experience similar emotions of severe sadness and despair associated with mourning and grief. Not only the candidate and those who worked tirelessly on the campaign can experience this phenomenon, but this can manifest as a larger public malaise for those voters or even onlookers who had cheered on the losing party."

Dr. Scott is a professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, cross-appointed with the Department of Gender Studies, and affiliated with the Department of Cultural Studies. Her research focuses on the social dynamics of grief and mourning.

Dr. Scott is available, for print and radio interviews, to speak about the public grieving in the aftermath of the American election and how the results have impacted the Canadian public.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Chris Armes (613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or chris.armes@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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