Oral history; interview with Dr. Art Cosby, conducted April 13, 2012, at Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University. Dr. Cosby was born in 1943 in Nashville, Tennessee, and first came to the MSU campus as a student in 1966. He received his PhD in Sociology from Mississippi State in 1969. From 1981 to 1987, Cosby was head of MSU’s Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work, as well as the Thomas L. Bailey Professor. He became the director of the Social Science Research Institute in 1985, and continues that directorship as of 2012. From 1991 to 1993, he was the director of University Centers and Institutes, and in 2006, he was the William L. Giles Distinguished Professor. As of 2012, his research focuses on different approaches to investigating the social climate for improving the health and well-being in America. Cosby has also held faculty positions at Louisiana State University and Texas A&M University. In this interview, he fondly remembers his graduate studies in the Lloyd-Ricks building during the 60s and the interesting mix of people who worked in the building during that time. He discusses how the building and the people there played an important role in his life both professionally and personally, and the link between the building and the Social Science Research Center.
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