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, Professor, Kayak Guide, Researcher, Community Builder, Master Beekeeper, Justice Advocate, and SLO county Master Gardener
*Developing a 2+2 program with Hancock Community College (AA from Hancock, BA from Cal Poly)
*Social Problems: Perspectives of People in Prison (Book under contract with Palgrave-McMillan Publishers)
Recent Publication on Systemic Racism
Alaniz, R. et. al. (2021). Systemic Racism and Microaggressions in San Luis Obispo County. SLO County Sheriff’s Department.
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
Cuesta College/The California Men’s Colony State Prison
American University, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies
Religion and Environmental Displacement, Research Associate
Culture and Disaster Action Network (CADAN)
National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan
University of California-California State University
Knowledge Action Network for Transformative Climate and Sustainability Education and Action
Resilient Communities Research Institute
Federal Drought Policy Brief
Co-Author (written for the Obama White House)
Disaster By Drought Summit
Fulbright Fellowship program (State Department)
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