Ryan Alaniz MA,PhD

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



Ryan C. Alaniz
Ryan Alaniz

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.

Current Projects
*Developing a prison college program (BA in Sociology at the California Men’s Colony)
*Social Problems: Perspectives of People in Prison (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
     Affiliated Scholar
Resilient Communities Research Institute
Research Associate
NAACP, San Luis Obispo Chapter
Criminal Justice Chair
Farmer and Journeyman Beekeeper!

Previous Collaborations
Co-Author (written for the Obama White House)
Federal Drought Policy Brief

Disaster By Drought Summit
Program Ambassador
Fulbright Fellowship program (State Department)

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)
Transformational 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