I am originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, where I graduated from PTHS (ФТШ) highschool (no. 566) in 1990. I emigrated together with my family to San Francisco Bay Area same year, 1990 - they still live there, so I visit there often. I did my undergraduate studies in math at UCLA, received a Ph.D. in math at the University of Texas, Austin, and then did a postdoc in the math department of Texas A&M University. I am on the faculty at the math department of Claremont McKenna College since 2007.

In addition to my professional activities and family life, I also have some hobbies:


Southern California Bike Trails
SoCal Road Biking
SoCal Cycling
LA Bike Paths
Jax Bikes
Climbing by bike
Tour de Lake Arrowhead

Classical Music

LA Performing Arts Center
LA Philharmonic
Hollywood Bowl
Orange County Performing Arts Center
Amoeba Music
Rhino Records
Canterbury Records

Literature (mostly in Russian)

Библиотека Максима Мошкова
ЛибРусЕк -- now commercial...


California Wine Country
Wine searcher
Packing House Wine Merchants
Total Wine


Coffee Klatch
Intelligentsia Coffee
Urth Caffe
Verve Coffee
Stumptown Coffee
Demitasse Cafe
Ritual Coffee
Blue Bottle Coffee
Roast Co Coffee
Best coffee in LA -- LA Eater list (2014)


Bamboo Tea House
Bird Pick
Chado Tea Room