Meet the Team

This project aims to investigate and understand how identity and difference are politicised by nationalist politics. 

The Identity Hunters team is selected by the students from among themselves and rotated on a termly basis.


Marion Gabriel

Marion is a third year International Relations student from France. Her academic interests lie in the relationship between migration and nationalism in identity formation processes in Europe.


Lucile de Laforcade

Lucile is a final year International Relations student from France. Her research focuses on the intersection of religion, identity, power and nationalism in French Algeria.

Website Editor

Vanesa Valcheva

Vanesa is a third year History & International Relations student of Bulgarian descent. Her primary research interest focuses on the Balkan region post-1989, its relationship with democracy and the construction, and expression, of ethnic ‘democratic’ identities.

Social Media Manager

Matilda Diana

Matilda is a third year History & International Relations student from Italy. Her academic interests rely on how contending identities and nationalisms are constructed and used. Especially, researching how present politicians use these constructions and interpret history to forward political agendas. She is also very interested in the significance and role of gender in IR.

Academic Advisor

Dr Pablo de Orellana

Dr Pablo de Orellana is a Teaching Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. His research interests focus on conceptual approaches to identity and identity politics, particularly nationalism, as well as diplomacy, North Africa and Art History.

Editorial Team

Our editors rotate within the year to ensure high quality of the blog pieces and articles. They are essential in maintaining the blog running and helping students’ submissions.


Beatrice Bertoli, Catherine Burke, Faisal Ahmed, Gabriel Blondeau, Kemal Mohamedou


We hunt the instances when identity is made and politicised. We are identity hunters.