Adrian Bautista


  • Assistant Vice President
  • Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
  • Instructor, Comparative American Studies


  • PhD, American culture studies, Bowling Green State University, 2013
  • MA, college student personnel, Bowling Green State University, 1999
  • women’s studies certificate program


Adrian Bautista serves as assistant vice president (AVP) of student life. As AVP, Bautista flexes between day-to-day management and divisional/institutional leadership, collaborating with key campus stakeholders around resource allocation, strategic planning, and student success.

The AVP has several direct reporting lines including Business Operations, the Multicultural Resource Center, Student Activities, and Student Conduct and Community Standards. Bautista also works with the College of Arts and Sciences as administrative coordinator for the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program; as an Instructor in Comparative American Studies; and, as the college’s Posse Liaison.

As an instructor in the Comparative American Studies Program, Bautista has taught CAST 335 Latinx Oral History and FYSP 013 Erotic City: Prince and a Purple Urban Imaginary.

Bautista has held other positions at Oberlin College including director of Residential Education, director of the Bonner Scholars Program, and Latinx Community Coordinator in the Multicultural Resource Center.


Adrian Bautista invited to serve as panelist for State of the Profession symposium

February 4, 2021

Assistant Vice President of Student Life Adrian Bautista was recently invited by the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) to serve as a panelist for its 2021 State of the Profession symposium, an exclusive invitation-only opportunity designed specifically for senior housing and residence life professionals.

State of the Profession brings together the most senior leaders in the field to engage with powerful voices and cutting-edge perspectives from inside and outside of higher education. The panel, moderated by Luis Jimenez Inoa, Ph.D., Associate Dean of the College, Student Living and Wellness at Vassar College, focused on the roles of colleges/universities and senior housing officers in pushing their organizations forward in pursuit of anti-racism.

Adrian Bautista Participates on Panel

July 7, 2019

Adrian Bautista, assistant vice president and senior associate dean for strategic initiatives, recently participated on a panel titled "Recovering the History of the Latinx Catholic Midwest" at the Fifth Annual Midwestern History Association Conference. Bautista joined Deborah Kanter, chair and John S. Ludington Endowed Professor of History at Albion College. Kanter is the parent of León Pescador '18 and author of the forthcoming Chicago Católico: Making Catholic Parishes Mexican (University of Illinois Press).

Bautista, Fraser, and Kerchner Present at Conference

October 23, 2018

Three faculty members presented "Transformative Imaginations: Decarceration and Liberatory Futures" at the October 2018 Imagining America National Conference in Chicago. The faculty were: Jody Kerchner, professor of music education, director in the division of pedagogy, advocacy, and community engagement, and community-based learning/research faculty fellow; Jennifer Fraser, associate professor of ethnomusicology and anthropology; Adrian Bautista, comparative american studies and senior associate dean for strategic initiatives.

Adrian Bautista Publishes in Journal of African American Studies

October 6, 2017

Adrian Bautista, assistant vice president and lecturer in comparative American studies, was recently published in the Journal of African American Studies: Special Issue on Prince. The special issue places Prince, who passed away in April 2016, at the center of analysis and represents a first effort by an academic journal to explore, examine, and probe Prince in unparalleled fashion. Bautista's article, "A Flâneur in the Erotic City: Prince and the Urban Imaginary," explores key concepts of the flâneur literary figure in relationship to Prince’s artistic production. 


Bautista, Perez, Reyes Receive Grant

April 21, 2017

Adrian Bautista, assistant vice president of student life and instructor, Gina Perez, professor of comparative American studies, and Julio Reyes, Multicultural Resource Center assistant director and Latinx community coordinator, were recently awarded a grant from the Great Lakes Colleges Association's Oral History in the Liberal Arts (OHLA) mini-grant program for their “Latina/o/x Oral Histories of Northeast Ohio” course/project. Taught this semester as CAST 335, the project is an ongoing collaboration between Oberlin College students, staff, faculty and Latina/o/x residents and community organizations to document Latina/o/x histories and contemporary experiences throughout Northeast Ohio.

The award includes a mini-grant for course and project development, as well as full support for participation in the OHLA oral history institute this summer at Kenyon College.

Adrian Bautista Presents at Las Hermanas Symposium

March 24, 2015

Adrian Bautista, associate dean of campus life and director of residential education, presented at the symposium Las Hermanas: The Struggle is One held March 19-21 at University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. The symposium honored the history, development, and legacy of Las Hermanas, a grassroots Latina movement formed 40 years ago to challenge and change the church and its role in society.

Bautista's paper, “Hermanas, Esposas, y Feministas: The Deacon’s Wife as an Agent of Social Change,” was part of a Latinas/os in Ministry panel presentation.

Adrian Bautista Presents on Panel

June 3, 2014

Associate Dean of Campus Life Adrian Bautista presented at the 2014 Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture since 1900. Bautista served on a panel entitled “Latinas/os and the Great Outdoors?” and his paper examined the tensions between American agrarianism, the plight of migrant farmworkers, and the Catholic Church’s role in the campaign to organize farm workers in northern Ohio.


Grant to Help Engage Latinx Communities

June 30, 2015

Oberlin College has received a programming grant to participate in Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a nationwide public programming initiative produced by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA). According to Associate Dean of Campus Life and Grant Project Director Adrian Bautista, an overarching goal of the Oberlin project will be to enhance engagement between the campus and Lorain County Latinx communities.