Anne Lair earned a Ph.D from the Ohio State University in 19th century French culture and literature. She started her career at the University of Northern Iowa where she received tenure. In 2012, she joined the University of Utah where she is currently a Professor/Lecturer of French in the Department of World Languages and Cultures and directs the French Basic Language Program. She also shares her time with the Second Language Teaching and Research Center (L2TReC), where she collaborates on projects related to the French language and culture.
Anne is the French Bridge Curriculum Director and French Coordinator for the State of Utah. Prior to this, she served as the Dual Language Immersion Coordinator (2013-15) and then Coordinator of the Secondary French Dual Immersion Program until 2018. She has given workshops and professional developments in Utah and nationwide.
Anne has been recognized professionally on several occasions in Iowa, Utah, and nationally. To name a few, she was awarded the ACTFL Nelson Brooks Award (2012), was recognized as the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques (2017) for her contribution to the French language and culture in the United States, and was the recipient of the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) Dorothy Ludwig Excellence on Teaching at the University Level (2020).
She has published referred articles on symbolism of food in France, Germany, and England and has co-authored some first and second-year textbooks (Cengage Learning).
Anne is the President of the Alliance Française (Salt Lake City) and serves as the Honorary Consul of France in Utah.