Purnell, Brian, and Jeanne Theoharis editors.The Strange Careers of the Jim Crow North: Segregation and Struggle outside of the South. (New York, NY: New York University Press, 2019.)
Brian Purnell, Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn (Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2013) **Winner of the New York State Historical Association 2012 Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize.
Brian Purnell, “Harlem, U.S.A.: Address of the Long Civil Rights Movement,” in Race Capital? Harlem as Setting and Symbol, edited by Andrew Fearnley and Daniel Matlin, (New York: Columbia University Press, 2018), 201-220.
Brian Purnell, “Unmaking the Ghetto: Community Development and Persistent Social Inequality in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia,” in The Ghetto in Global History, 1500 to the Present edited by Wendy Goldman and Joe W. Trotter, (New York: Routledge, 2017), 256-274.
Brian Purnell, " 'What We Need is Brick and Mortar:' Race, Gender and Early Leadership of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation," in Laura Warren Hill and Julia Rabig (eds)., The Business of Black Power: Community Development, Capitalism, and Corporate Responsibility in Postwar America (Rochester, NY: University of Rochester Press, 2012), 217-244.
Brian Purnell, "Spotlight on New York's 'Law Against Discrimination,' " (PDF) New York Archives, 10:4, 10-13
Brian Purnell, “ ‘Revolution Has Come to Brooklyn:’ The Campaign against Discrimination in the Construction Trades and Growing Militancy in the Northern Black Freedom Movement,” in Black Power at Work, edited by David Goldberg and Trevor Griffey (Cornell University Press, 2010)
Brian Purnell, “Interview with Dr. John Hope Franklin" (PDF) Journal of African American History, (94:3), 407-421
Brian Purnell, “Desegregating the Jim Crow North: Bronx African Americans and the Fight to Integrate the Castle Hill Beach Club – 1953-1963,” (PDF) Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, (32:2), 47-78
Brian Purnell and Oneka LaBennett, “The Bronx African American History Project (BAAHP) and Approaches to Scholarship About/For Black Communities,” (PDF) Introduction to Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, July 2009 (32:2), special issue on scholarship produced in connection to the Bronx African American History Project, co-guest edited by Oneka LaBennett and Brian Purnell
Brian Purnell, “ ‘Taxation without Sanitation is Tyranny’: Civil Rights Struggles Over Garbage Collection in Brooklyn, New York During the Fall of 1962,” (PDF) in Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, July 2007 (31:2), 61-88. ** Reprinted in Clarence Taylor, editor, Civil Rights in New York City: From World War II to the Giuliani Era (Fordham University Press, 2010), 79-105
Brian Purnell, “ ‘Drive Awhile for Freedom’: Brooklyn CORE’s 1964 Stall-In and Public Discourses on Protest Violence,” in Jeanne F. Theoharis and Komozi Woodard (eds.), Ground Work: Local Black Freedom Movements in America (New York: New York University Press, 2005), 45-75