Turner, Mehlman-Orozco to address college’s 2018 degree celebrations

by Anne Reynolds

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes two influential alumni to address its graduates at this spring’s degree celebration ceremonies.


Shawn Turner

Shawn Turner, an on-air national security analyst for CNN, and vice president of IMPACT Communication, LLC, will take part in the college’s degree celebration for the humanities and interdisciplinary programs on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 3:00 pm.

Turner received his master’s degree in communication from George Mason University. Following a 21 year career as a U.S. Marine Corps officer, he served as a senior executive in the U.S. government, working as a Deputy White House Press Secretary for National Security in the Obama administration, Director of Communication for National Intelligence at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Press Secretary for Foreign Affairs for the National Security Council. He is the co-author of “Best Practices in Risk Communication for National Defense,” published in the Handbook of Science and Technology for Homeland Security, and currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Security Agency and the Executive Board of Advisors for the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law at the University of Pennsylvania.

Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco

Dr. Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco is an author, research scientist, consultant, and faculty member in Mason’s Department of Criminology, Law and Society. She will address the college’s degree celebration for the social sciences, which will be held on Friday, May 18, 2018, at 7:30 pm.

Mehlman-Orozco’s area of expertise is human trafficking. An accomplished survey methodologist and consultant on issues related to human trafficking, she is one of few researchers with a background that qualifies her as an expert witness and subject matter expert for criminal and civil court. Her work has been published in books, peer reviewed journals, magazines, and news outlets, and her 2017 book, Hidden in Plain Sight: America’s Slaves of the New Millennium (Praeger) has been reviewed as a “vital resource, not only for anti-human trafficking advocates, but for anyone who cares about humanity.” Mehlman-Orozco earned her BS cum laude in administration of justice, her MA in justice, law, and crime policy, and her PhD in criminology, law and society —all from Mason.

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