John Laband is a Professor Emeritus of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, and a Research Associate in the Department of History, Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He is also a Life Member of Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He specialises in the history of the Zulu kingdom and in colonial wars in Africa. Among his recent books are Zulu Warriors: The Closing of the South African Frontier (2014); The Assassination of King Shaka (2017); The Battle of Majuba Hill: The Transvaal Campaign 1880–1881 (2017); The Eight Zulu Kings (2018); and The Land Wars: The Dispossession of the Khoisan and AmaXhosa in the Cape Colony (2020).
- The Zulu Kingdom and the Boer Invasion of 1837-1840 Author
- The Battle of Majuba Hill : The Transvaal Campaign 1880-1881 Author