Ryan Alaniz MA,PhD

Trying to be the change I wish to see in the world



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I am a professor of sociology and interim chair of the Social Sciences department 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.

Father, Community Builder, Master Beekeeper, Justice Advocate, Volunteer, Kayak Guide, and Master Gardener.

Current Projects
*Developing a 2+2 program with Hancock Community College
(AA from Hancock, BA from Cal Poly)
Recent Publication on Systemic Racism
Alaniz, R. et. al. (2021).  Systemic Racism and Microaggressions in San Luis Obispo County.  SLO County Sheriff’s Department.

Alaniz, R. (2017). From Strangers to Neighbors: Post-Disaster Resettlement and Community Building in Honduras. Austin: University of Texas Press.

Social Sciences Department, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
Interim Chair
Professor, Sociology

American University, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
Religion and Environmental Displacement, Research Associate

Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN)
Research Associate

National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan
Diversity Scholar

University of California-California State University
Knowledge Action Network for Transformative Climate and Sustainability Education and Action

Resilient Communities Research Institute
Research Associate

SLO County Sheriff’s Office Unity Committee

Previous Collaborations
Federal Drought Policy Brief
Co-Author (written for the Obama White House)
Disaster By Drought Summit
Fulbright Fellowship program (State Department)
Program Ambassador
United Nations University-Institute for Environment and Human Security
Research Associate

Academic Specialties and Interests
Disasters: Recovery, Relocation, Resettlement
Community Development and Community Building
Social Change
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)
Transformative Pedagogy

Email (ralaniz at calpoly.edu)
Phone: 805.756.6261
Address: Department of Social Sciences
Cal Poly State University
1 Grand Ave.
San Luis Obispo, CA. 93407