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, the California Men’s Colony Prison, Cuesta College, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International, Fulbright Program, and Engineers Without Borders.  His current writing project is a “Social Problems” textbook entitled “Social Problems: Perspectives of the incarcerated” based on the stories of people who have been through the criminal justice system.


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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