Thoraya El-Rayyes is a scholar of Middle East politics interested in the study of political economy, authoritarianism and contentious politics. She holds a BSc in Psychology from University College London, an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford. She is a PhD Candidate in Political Science at the London School of Economics.

Before embarking on an academic career, El-Rayyes 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. Ms. El-Rayyes was a predoctoral research fellow with the Middle East Initiative at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2021, 3:50pm