Не делить с подонками хлеба,
Перед властью не падать ниц,
И не верить ни в чистое небо,
Ни в улыбки сиятельных лиц.

I was born and grew up in Khabarovsk (see the map), in the Far East of Russia. Khabarovsk is within 20 miles from the Chinese border and about 1 hour flight from Japan, which is something I did not really appreciate until 1989. In 1980 I moved to Novosibirsk (see the map), where I got my undergraduate degree at the Novosibirsk State University in 1985 and my PhD at the Novosiborsk Institute of Mathematics in 1988. As an undergraduate and graduate student I had two advisors: Samuel Krushkal and Nikolai Gusevskii. Here is my mathematical genealogy tree   (actually, a graph).

In 1988 I went back to Khabarovsk where for 3 years I was working at the Institute for Applied Mathematics. Doing mathematics there was a bit of a challenge as the nearest real mathematical library was within 2 hours (in Tokyo: One hour by plane plus one hour by train). However having there Boris Botvinnik, Misha Borovoi and Petya Makienko surely helped.

I left Russia for good in Fall of 1991. I spent 1991-1992 at MSRI and in University of Maryland (College Park) visiting Bill Goldman.

From Summer of 1992 and until Summer of 2003 I was working at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City as an associate professor and (since 1997) a professor. In 2003 I moved to UCDavis where I reunited with my wife (who was in Atlanta before that); I am now a professor of mathematics here. In 2007, our department was ranked 4-th in the country in Faculty Scholarly Productivity.  Hopefully, this means that we are producing something useful.

My research area could be roughly described as geometric geometry (to distinguish it from, say, algebraic geometry), or Gromov-style geometry. I am on the editorial board of the Journals "Transformation Groups" and "Groups, Geometry and Dynamics". In August of 2006 I gave an invited talk in the geometry section of  ICM-2006 in Madrid.

I am currently supported by the NSF grant: DMS-16-04241.

I am (an) upbeat, at least according to the Pew Research Center classification.

Me on Mathoverflow.

Anonymous on math.stackexchange.

Description of some of my work since 2003.

Some of my family history, as told by my cousin Katia. 

My family:

My wife,  Jennifer Schultens, is a professor of mathematics at UCDavis. Click here
to find out how one day she found herself on the front-page of the New York Times.

My brothers:

Ilia Kapovich,  is a professor in the mathematics department of  Hunter College (CUNY).

Vitali Kapovitch, is a professor in the mathematics department at the University of Toronto.

As you can see, doing mathematics is our family business.

My cousin:

Katia Kapovich, is a bilingual poet (she writes in Russian and English), lives in Cambridge, MA. 

She and her husband, poet Philip Nikolaev, are publishing Fuclrum, an annual of poetry and aesthetics.

The rest of the family: Schultens.net

Some of my collaborators:

Arkady Berenstein
Mladen Bestvina
Bill Goldman
Koji Fujiwara
Tom Haines
Bruce Kleiner
Janos Kollar
Shrawan Kumar
Bernhard Leeb
Al Marden
John Millson, we have 20 joint papers
Joan Porti
Leonid Potyagailo

Ernest Vinberg

My former and current graduate students:

Shinpei Baba
  An associate professor at Osaka University
Gabriel Amos
James Forehand
Ezra Gouvea
Sonjong Hwang 

Yvonne Lai
      An assistant professor at University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Jaejeong Lee    А пostdoc at Korea Institute for Advanced Study
Dustin Mayeda
Beibei Liu       А postdoc at Max Plank Institute for Mathematics, Bonn
Subhadip Dey


My (former) postdocs:

Moon Duchin
  Currently an associate professor at Tufts University.
Lucas Sabalka Currently a researcher at ESA Environmental Justice Section.
Pranab Sardar  Currently an assistant professor at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Mohali.


Khabarovsk (on the right) is the place I grew up,
Novosibirsk (in the center) is the place where I got my undergraduate and graduate degrees.