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Department Chair

Primrose Tishman

French I - V

Primrose Tishman

Dr. Primrose Tishman is Chair of the World Languages Department at Ellington where she also teaches French.  Dr. Tishman holds a Ph.D. in Political Philosophy and Public Law along with a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland and a B.A. from Thomas More College in Kentucky where she distinguished herself as the College’s first graduate with three majors: History, French Classical Literature and Spanish.  Her dissertation, which is titled: “The Role of Religion in Alexis de Tocqueville’s De la démocratie en Amérique,” emphasizes the intimate connection between moral and political freedom that has made our democracy endure over two centuries.

Prior to joining Ellington, Dr. Tishman had a long career with FedEx where she was one of the two individuals in the company’s Washington Government Affairs office to negotiate valuable international operating rights and secure regulatory relief in the United States for the company’s worldwide air cargo transportation system.  During her tenure at FedEx, Dr. Tishman interacted with high-level U.S. and foreign government officials in Washington and in numerous countries of Europe and Asia during the bilateral negotiations between the U.S. and foreign governments.  Her professional responsibilities led to extensive travel to foreign countries including, inter alia, Australia, China, France, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand, and the Philippines.

Dr. Tishman brings to the World Languages Department of Ellington an understanding of the Francophone world, its language and diverse cultures, which is enriched by the combination of her academic training and the practical lessons about politics she learned through her work experience.