Sylvia A. Harvey is an award-winning journalist and the author of The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family. She reports at the intersection of race, incarceration, gender, and policy. Her work has appeared in Elle, The Nation, Vox, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Appeal, Yes! Magazine, WNYC, The Root, Colorlines, The Feminist Wire, Huffington Post, Narratively, New York Post, and AOL’s Bedford-Stuyvesant Patch, where she served as a columnist covering gentrification, and more. Her commentary on race and the criminal justice system has been featured on NPR, WBAI, Women’s Media Center Live with Robin Morgan, HuffPost Live, Radio Curious, and beyond.
Harvey’s research and reporting investigate the way culture, politics, history, public health, public policy, and economics affect our lives. Her book, The Shadow System: Mass Incarceration and the American Family, is a searing exposé of the effects of the mass incarceration crisis on families — including the 2.7 million American children who have a parent locked up.
The Oakland native earned a BA in sociology from Columbia University, where her research experience advanced her commitment to understanding inequality, and fueled her desire to communicate her work beyond the academy. Leveraging her sociological training to examine social inequalities, she subsequently pursued graduate training in journalism at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism.
She is the recipient of a Logan Non-Fiction Residency from The Carey Institute for Global Good, a National Headliner Award recipient, and a National Association of Black Journalists, NABJ, Salute to Excellence awardee.
SAH welcomes collaboration, dialogue, and inquiries, so feel free to reach out. She tweets: @Ms_SAH