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.
*Developing a prison college program (BA in Sociology at the California Men’s Colony)
*Social Problems: Learning from Inmate Narratives (Book under contract with Palgrave-McMillan Publishers)
My Recent Book
From Strangers to Neighbors: Post-Disaster Resettlement and Community Building in Honduras
Discussion of my book–Conversation With Cal Poly Authors, Discussant–Dr. Bill Simbieda
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
Associate Professor, Sociology
United Nations University-Institute for Human and Environment Security
Resilient Communities Research Institute
NAACP, San Luis Obispo Chapter
Criminal Justice Chair
Farmer and Beekeeper!
Academic Specialties and Interests
Disasters: Recovery, Relocation, Resettlement
Community Development and Community Building
Latin America (Especially Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador)
Water Scarcity and Drought
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