Current Research

Academic Specializations

Post-disaster recovery
Community development
Social transformation
Social implications of drought and water scarcity, California
Central America (esp. Honduras, Guatemala)

Current Projects


Advanced Contract with Palgrave-MacMillan Press
Alaniz, Ryan. Social Problems: Perspectives of People Incarcerated.


2+2 Sociology Degree Program

A collaboration between Alan Hancock College and Cal Poly to provide a clear and more accessible path for students in the Santa Maria Valley to obtain a sociology bachelor’s degree.