Thoraya El-Rayyes

Thoraya El-Rayyes

PhD Candidate

Department of Government

Arabic, English
Key Expertise
Middle East politics

About me

Thoraya is a scholar of Middle East politics interested in the study of political economy, authoritarianism and contentious politics in the region. She holds a BSc in Psychology from University College London, an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from LSE and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford.

Before joining LSE as a PhD Candidate, Thoraya spent nine years as a practitioner and policy analyst working on labour and employment issues across the Middle East. She is also an award-winning literary translator who specializes in bringing political literature from around the Arab region into English.

Research interests

  • Authoritarianism
  • Contentious politics
  • Middle East politics
  • Political economy

Selected publications

Teaching Record

  • GV248: Power and Politics in the Modern World (LSE, 2018-19) 
  • International Relations of the Middle East (King’s College London, 2017-18)


Steffen Hertog (Supervisor) and John Sidel (Advisor)