I was born and raised in Ukraine, educated in the U.S., and Canada is my home now.

I am a professor in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies at the University of Western Ontario. I teach graduate courses in our Library and Information Science Graduate Programs (MLIS and PhD LIS). The current courses are on Organization of Information (IO), Multilingual Information Access (MLIA), and Natural Language Processing (NLP). I am also affiliated with the Linguistics Program at Western.

As a researcher, I specialize in information retrieval and natural language processing techniques that enable analyses of texts to identify, extract, and organize structured knowledge. In my lab, LiT.RL, my students and I study complex human information behaviors that are, at least partly, expressed through language such as deception, uncertainty, credibility, and emotions. The emphasis this year is on identifying misleading news with text analytics.

A video self-introduction: 2 min

I supervise graduate students in MLIS, PhD LIS, Linguistics, and occasionally serve as an examiner in the Computer Science Department and at the Faculty of Education at Western.

For Dr. Rubin’s full credentials:

CV Highlights
Ph.D. (2006) | School of Information Studies, Syracuse University, USA
M.A. (1997) | Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics,Syracuse University, USA
B.A. (1993) | Department of Foreign Languages, Kharkiv National University, Ukraine /Харківський національний університет імені В.Н. Каразіна (in Ukrainian)

7/2006 – present |Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS), University of Western Ontario, London, CANADA
9/2001 – 5/2004 | Analyst / Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Natural Language Processing School
of Information Studies, Syracuse University, NY
7/2003 – 8/2003 | Intern, NSF East Asia Summer Institute National Institute of Informatics, Tokyo, JAPAN
10/1998 – 7/2001 | Computational Linguist, Engineering Dpt. Syracuse Language, Havas Interactive, Syracuse, NY, USA
9/1997 – 9/1998 | Assistant Linguist, Syracuse Language Systems, Speech Technology Group, Cendant Software, Syracuse, NY, USA
6/1997 – 9/1997 | Intern, Speech Technology Group, Syracuse Language Systems, Syracuse, NY
9/1995 – 5/1997 | Teaching Assistant, Department of Languages, Literature, and Linguistics,Syracuse University, USA
1/1994 – 9/1994 | Assistant Professor, Academy of Humanities, Kharkiv, UKRAINE
9/1993 – 12/1993 | Assistant Professor, Ukrainian Academy of Pharmacy, Kharkiv, UKRAINE
3/1989 – 3/1991 | Part-time ESL Instructor, Kharkiv Modern Languages Courses, USSR

Recent Grants
2021 – 2022 | Rewiring for Happiness: Computing for Kinder, Healthier, and Compassionate Life Experiences with Information Commutation Technologies (ICTs) (Western Strategic Support (WSS) for SSHRC Success Program)
2021 | Misinformation and Disinformation: Detecting Fakes with the Eye &AI (FIMS FRDF Dissemination)
2019 | “Fact or Fake News?” Schulich Leaders’ Prize DataCup Competition (FIMS Dean’s Office Grant)
2015 – 2018 | Digital deception detection: identifying deliberate misinformation in online news (SSHRC)
2014 – 2015 | Deception Detection in News (SSHRB BRIDGE, Western Strategic Support For SSHRC Success)
2013 – 2014 | News Authentication: Analysis of “Bluff-the-Listener” Dataset (GRAND CNE, Canadian Network of Excellence)
2010 – 2013 | Towards Automated Deception Detection: An Ontology of Verbal Deception Cues for Computer-Mediated Communication (10-303) (Academic Development Fund/ADF Major Grants: New Research and Scholarly Initiatives Award)


Take courses with Dr. Rubin at FIMS, Western.

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Read about studies at LiT.RL.


Meet the team at Rubin’s LiT.RL Lab.

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Read about mis-/disinformation.


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