I am an associate professor of sociology at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Please explore the various tabs to find out more about my academic research, teaching, and efforts to make my community and the world a more just and equitable home.
Take a look at my new book (Nine years in the making)
From Strangers to Neighbors: Post-Disaster Resettlement and Community Building in Honduras
Associate Professor, Sociology
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
United Nations University-Institute for Human and Environment Security
Resilient Communities Research Institute
Farmer and Beekeeper!
Academic Specialties and Interests
Disasters: Recovery, Relocation, Resettlement
Community Development and Community Building
Latin America (Especially Central America)
Drought in California and Social Issues
Correctional Education (I teach at the SLO county jail and the California Men’s Colony state prison)
Email (ralaniz at calpoly.edu)
Address: Department of Social Sciences
Cal Poly State University
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA. 93407