Ryan Alaniz

Ryan Alaniz

Sociology Professor


  • Post-disaster recovery, resettlement, and community development 
  • Community social health 
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Inequality and social change
  • Latin America
  • Prison Education

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About Ryan Alaniz

Ryan Alaniz holds a Master’s in Latin American Studies and a PhD in sociology.  He is a professor of sociology at Cal Poly State University, SLO and collaborates with local and international organizations including the SLO County Sheriff’s Department, Cuesta College, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International, Fulbright Program, and Engineers Without Borders.


Courses Taught

  • Soc 110: Comparative Societies
  • Soc 111: Social Problems
  • Soc 218: International Political Economy
  • Soc 327: Social Change
  • Soc 444: Incarceration and Society
  • Soc 461: Senior Project I
  • Soc 462: Senior Project II


​​​​​​​Disaster by Drought Conference 2015

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