Haley Scott

Haley Scott

Social Worker, Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office

  • Ethnographic methods
  • Stigma
  • Death Education

1300 E Warren Ave
Room 108
Detroit, MI 48207



Haley Scott


Haley Scott completed her MSW at Wayne State University in 2021 with a concentration in community, policy, and leadership. Her focus on death and dying launched upon graduating from her BS program in anthropology and finding a job at a local medical examiner's office. Since then, she has gained work experience at several Michigan medical examiner's offices in a variety of roles, which nourished her passion for social justice issues after death. Her work has been presented at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Michigan Association of Medical Examiners, Society for Applied Anthropology, and the American Anthropological Association.

Scott is currently a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Social Work and Anthropology (SWAN) program, with a focus on death and dying ethnographic work.


Scott is a social worker at the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office working in collaboration with Wayne State University’s School of Social Work. She helps provide grief support, referrals, and resources to families in addition to collaborating with community partners and the WSU SSW. As the office is a practicum placement for WSU, Scott also assists as a task supervisor for MSW and BSW students.

Degrees and Certifications

  • BS in anthropology, Grand Valley State University
  • MA in anthropology, Wayne State University
  • MSW, Wayne State University

Research Interests

Drawing on her previous work experience in several medical examiner offices across the state of Michigan, Scott's research explores the postmortem body, with a focus on concepts of care, stigma, and ethics. Through ethnographic inquiry, she is interested in utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to examine factors that influence social justice after death.



Courses taught by Haley Scott

Fall Term 2022

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