Personal profile


Nathan Ashman is Lecturer in Crime Writing. He teaches on the MA in Crime Fiction and is the convenor of the undergraduate module ‘The Art of Murder’. He has previously held teaching posts at both the University of Surrey and the University of Gloucestershire. He is the author of James Ellroy and Voyeur Fiction (2018) and has published articles on numerous writers including Ross Macdonald, E.C Bentley, Don DeLillo, Megan Abbott and Walter Mosley. His research spans the fields of crime fiction, contemporary American fiction and ecocriticism, with a particular specialism in the works of James Ellroy. 

He is currently editing the Routledge Handbook to Crime Fiction and Ecology, which will offer the first comprehensive examination of crime fiction and ecocriticism. A second research project, a companion to the work of crime writer James Sallis, is under contract with McFarland.

He is also in the early stages of an additional study (tentatively titled Crime Fiction and Ecology) that will form part of a new series called Elements in Crime Narratives to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Autumn Office Hours

Tuesday 12-1 (online)

Thursday 12-2

Academic Background

BA (hons) English Literature, University of Portsmouth (1st)

MA Literature, Culture and Identity, University of Portsmouth (Distinction)

Phd English Literature, University of Surrey

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions