Brian Purnell

Affiliation: Africana Studies, History
Geoffrey Canada Associate Professor of Africana Studies and History — On Leave 2019-2020

Professor Purnell is the author of Fighting Jim Crow in the County of Kings: The Congress of Racial Equality in Brooklyn (University Press of Kentucky, 2013), which won the New York State Historical Association’s Dixon Ryan Fox Manuscript Prize. His research, writing, and teaching areas generally fall within the broad field of African American history with specific concentrations in urban history, oral history, civil rights and black power movement history, and modern United States history.

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Brian Purnell


  • PhD, History, New York University, 2006
  • MA, History, New York University, 2004
  • BA, History and African & African American Studies, Fordham University, 2000