University of Pittsburgh's New Dean Studies Black Dating Game

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One of the nation's leading experts on the Black dating scene is now the University of Pittsburgh's newest academic dean.

Dr. Larry Davis, a professor and researcher at Washington University in St. Louis, will head Pitt's School of Social Work beginning in August. Although he has published research on workplace relations and Black education, Davis is best known for his 1993 book, Black and Single: Meeting and Choosing a Partner Who's Right for You.

The book's assertion that there aren't enough Black professional men to date Black professional women struck a nerve outside academia, and newspapers and talk shows often quote Davis.

Because of Davis' research - not only on the dating scene, but also on other aspects of race, gender and class - his appointment to dean is an important advancement for the University of Pittsburgh.

Davis said he's glad that this serious problem is getting attention because nothing has changed since his book was published nearly a decade ago. …