Kiley Sobel, PhD, is a Senior User Experience Researcher at the language-learning edtech company Duolingo, where she does research with kids and parents on Duolingo ABC, Duolingo's free English literacy learning app for kids. Prior to Duolingo, Kiley worked at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent research and innovation lab hosted at Sesame Workshop, the organization behind Sesame Street. Throughout her career, Kiley has conducted integrative research about kids, families, co-design, collaborative play, learning, disability, accessibility, and inclusion. She completed her PhD in Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. While earning her doctorate, Kiley also conducted research at Microsoft Research in both Redmond, Washington and Bangalore, India. She holds a BS in Human-Computer Interaction from Harvey Mudd College.


  • Ph D, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington, 2018
  • BS, Individual Program of Study in Human-Computer Interaction, Harvey Mudd College, 2013

Publications and Contributions

  • Conference Paper
    Can Conversational Agents Change the Way Children Talk to People? (2021)
    Proceedings of the 20th Annual ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’21) Authors: Alexis Hiniker, Amelia Wang, Jonathan Tran, Mingrui Zhang, Jenny Radesky, Kiley Sobel, Sungsoo Hong