Aiden Downey

Visiting Assistant Professor, Qualitative Methods

Office: North Decatur Building Suite 265

Phone: 404-727-2674



C. Aiden Downey, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.  Ethnography and Narrative Inquiry.  Dr. Downey is currently completing the research and writing of his book, tentatively titled "The Shadow School," that explores the lives of teachers in a struggling inner-city high school.  The book reflects his interests in how ethnographic and narrative research offers lenses into better understanding the lived experiences of teachers. Dr. Downey will also begin a project to study the attrition of early career teachers.  Framing teacher attrition as identity attrition, he will look to understand leaving teaching as a process rather than as a singular event, as coming to tell what he and Dr. D. Jean Clandinin call a "story to leave by." Dr. Downey is also currently working to start an innovative charter school in Philadelphia called "The Workshop for Democracy and Social Entrepreneurship."  The school has received preliminary charter funding and hopes to realize democratic education.   Dr. Downey was awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009