Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera, BSc, MSc, PhD

Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera, BSc, MSc, PhD Image

University of Gibraltar:

Research Fellow
PhD Supervisor
History & Culture
Research & Research Degrees Committee


Dr Jennifer Ballantine Perera is the Director of the University of Gibraltar’s Institute for Gibraltar and Mediterranean Studies and is based at the Gibraltar Garrison Library. Jennifer holds a PhD in Postcolonial Studies from the University of Kent and was the Research Associate on the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded project ‘Gibraltar Community and Identity’ (2003 – 2006).

With Professor Andrew Canessa, University of Essex, she is the recipient of a major award from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), for their project ‘Bordering on Britishness: An Oral History of Gibraltar in the 20th Century’ which started in September 2013.

Research Interests

Jennifer is Director of the Gibraltar Garrison Library. Her main area of research is Gibraltar, with focus on social and colonial history, British Overseas Territories, constitutional reform and expressions of self-determination. She has presented papers at international conferences and publishes on the subject. Jennifer is the founder Director of Calpe Press, a publishing house dedicated to promoting Gibraltar writings. She was editor of the Gibraltar Heritage Journal (2007-2017) and currently sits on the Editorial Board.

Jennifer is a member of the University’s Research and Research Degrees Committee (RRDC) and supervises three PhD candidates. She was appointed President of the Mediterranean Studies Association 2020 Conference, which was held at the University of Gibraltar on the 26th–29th of May 2021.

Selected Publications

Ballantine Perera, Jennifer & Canessa, Andrew. (2016). Gibraltarian Oral Histories: Walking the Line Between Critical Distance and Subjectivity. Life Writing. 13. 1-11. 10.1080/14484528.2016.1162262.

Ballantine Perera, Jennifer. (2007). The Language of Exclusion in F. Solly Flood’s “History of the Permit System in Gibraltar”1. Journal of Historical Sociology. 20. 209 – 234. 10.1111/j.1467-6443.2007.00307.x.

Ballantine Perera, Jennifer. (2011). Pablo Larios y el Royal Calpe Hunt como ejemplo de relaciones transfronterizas entre Gibraltar y España durante el siglo XIX y principios del XX.

Ballantine Perera, Jennifer. (2012). Gareth Stockey, Gibraltar: ‘A Dagger in the Spine of Spain?’. European History Quarterly – EUR HIST Q. 42. 199-201. 10.1177/0265691411428783av.

Orsini, Giacomo & Canessa, Andrew & Martinez del Campo, Luis & Ballantine Perera, Jennifer. (2017). Fixed Lines, Permanent Transitions. International Borders, Cross-Border Communities and the Transforming Experience of Otherness. Journal of Borderlands Studies. 10.1080/08865655.2017.1344105.

Full Publications List