Sonia Werner teaches at the Center for Experimental Humanities and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She received her PhD in Comparative Literature from New York University. Her current book project, “Fringe Realisms: Belated Nations and the Invention of a Useable Present” examines realism’s relationship to nation-formation in regions characterized by national and industrial belatedness. Her next project, “The Aesthetics of Evidence” explores the evidential capacity of literature and photography in the production of empire. Her research has been published in Novel: A Forum on Fiction and is forthcoming in Diacritics. Her interests include Comparative Literature, critical theory and philosophy, aesthetics and politics, theories and practices of performance, nationalism and internationalism, the city, and interdisciplinary methodologies.