Ryan Alaniz MA,PhD

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


Welcome~Ryan C. Alaniz, PhD
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

Discussion of my book–Conversation With Cal Poly Authors, Discussant–Bill Siembieda

Associate Professor, Sociology
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

Affiliated Scholar
United Nations University-Institute for Human and Environment Security
Research Associate
Resilient Communities Research Institute
Farmer and Beekeeper!

Previous Collaborations
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 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)
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