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Dr. Melissa D. Aaron

Academic Programming Chair


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76 Lake St.

Laconia, New Hampshire 03246

United States

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MISTI-Con is designed to be a completely immersive experience, the convention has exclusive use of all the hotel rooms and conference facilities. This allows us to create a complete wizarding environment that our guests can participate and indulge in as m ... more

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Employment History

Department of English and Foreign Languages

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University of Wisconsin-Madison





IU School of Music



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MISTI-Con Staff - MISTI-Con: Laconia, NH May 18-22, 2017 [cached]

Melissa Aaron Academic Programming Chair Melissa is a Professor of English and Foreign Languages at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she teaches a Harry Potter course. She enjoys studying Shakespeare and other Renaissance drama. She has presented several papers on Lupin and werewolves at HP conventions, including "The Werewolf Renaissance, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Moon" and "Lycanthropy Legislation in a Modern World: A Modest Proposal."

Melissa D. Aaron, a ... [cached]

Melissa D. Aaron, a professor of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona, credits Harry Potter for the public emergence of women into the geek mainstream.

"Harry Potter is very obviously a female fandom, but it crosses all groups and genders," she said.
Aaron teaches an annual class on Harry Potter at the university in which she said women make up two-thirds of each class.
That's like the hair colors that are popular in 'The Hunger Games' in the Capitol," Aaron said.

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But it took the Internet and a British boy wizard for geek culture to really explode, according to Melissa D. Aaron, a professor of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona.

"Harry Potter exploded more or less at the same time as the Internet did, so people could start to meet each other," Aaron said. "I have some friends who met online at a Harry Potter site, met up offline and now are married."
Aaron teaches a class on Harry Potter each fall at Cal Poly Pomona, which is always full, she said.
"My students are literally at the age where they grew up with Harry. They were 11 when Harry was 11," Aaron said. "One of the sayings in
Liking Buffy (the Vampire Slayer) doesn't make you a geek, because everyone likes Buffy," Aaron said.

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Melissa Aaron, University of Wisconsin, Madison Richmond Barbour, Oregon State University

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Melissa D. Aaron

Melissa D. Aaron is a Professor in the Dept. of English and Foreign Languages at Cal Poly Pomona. She received her Ph.D from UW-Madison in Renaissance Dramatic Literature. Her book Global Economics: An institutional economic history of the Chamberlain's/King's Men and their plays, 1599- 1642, was published by University of Delaware Press in 2005. Her research is on Shakespeare and economics and all-women Shakespeare companies. In the Harry Potter world, Professor Aaron has developed a specialty in werewolves, as "Moonyprof.

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