Carla Mulford is Professor of English at the Pennsylvania State University and the founding president of the Society for Early Americanists. She is the author of Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire (Oxford University Press, 2015) and over fifteen articles and book chapters on Franklin published between 1992 and the present. She edited The Cambridge Companion to Benjamin Franklin, published in 2009, and she is currently co-editing a collection of essays for Cambridge University Press called American Literature and the New Puritan Studies. Furthering her work on Franklin, she is now completing a monograph under the working title, Benjamin Franklin’s Electrical Diplomacy. She has served on the editorial boards of numerous journals, including American Literature, Early American Literature, and Early American Studies, and her research on Franklin has benefitted from fellowships offered by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.