Ryan Alaniz

Ryan Alaniz

Assistant Professor


  • Post-disaster recovery, resettlement, and community development 
  • Community social health 
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International development
  • Inequality and social change
  • California Drought, Water Scarcity Resilience
  • Latin America

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About Ryan Alaniz

Ryan Alaniz is currently an associate professor in sociology at Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo and collaborates with various academic institutions including: United Nations University-Institute for Human and Environment Security, International Social Science Council, and the Fulbright program.

Ryan also volunteers with Engineers Without BordersThe Futbol Project, and Restorative Partners.

Courses Taught

  • SOC 461: Senior Project I, II
  • Professional Development, Sociology
  • Honors 200 Holistic Development
  • Honors 200 Addressing Social Problems
  • SOC 111: Social Problems 
  • SOC 110: Comparative Societies
  • SOC 218: International Political Economy
  • United States Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Spanish 1 and 2
  • Sociological Research Methods 
  • Sociological Perspectives on Race, Class, and Gender



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

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