Theology and Religious Studies
Nate  Hinerman

Nate Hinerman


Nate Hinerman teaches in the School of Nursing and Health Professions and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. He serves as Chair of the San Francisco Bay Area Network for End-of-Life Care, and he is an active member of the USF Faculty-Association PTFA Policy Board. He also maintains a psychotherapy practice, helping clients transition amidst loss.

His research is interdisciplinary, and includes topics in death and dying, psychology, human suffering, and special areas in philosophy of religion and systematic theology. A few of past projects include STARS (an ongoing program studying evolution, creation, and semiotics), reading and writing articles on grief, loss, and bereavement, and making connections between American Philosopher Charles Sanders Peirce and approaches to logic, critical thinking, and theological method. He currently is the leading organizer of the Making Sense Of: series of research projects of Inter-Disciplinary.Net for Dying and Death, and Suffering. In addition, Nate actively collaborates with key stakeholders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area to improve and expand community-based palliative models.

Dr. Hinerman received the University's Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2010.


Ph.D. Graduate Theological Union - Philosophy of Religion

Research Areas

Hospice and Palliative Care Models
Emergent Trends in Aging, Dying, and Bereavement
Human Suffering
Religion and Psychology
Issues in Philosophical Theology

Courses Offered
  • Death and Dying: Exploring New Paradigms
  • Psychology, Religion, and Modern Literature
  • Science and Method of Philosophical Theology
  • What is Catholicism?
  • Who is Jesus?
  • Church and Sacraments

Hinerman, Nate. "Habits of the Heart in End of Life Care." Death, Dying, Culture:  An Interdisciplinary Interrogation.  Eds. Lloyd Steffen and Nate Hinerman.  Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013. Web.

Steffan, Lloyd, and Nate Hinerman, eds.Death, Dying, Culture:  An Interdisciplinary Interrogation. Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2013. Web.

Hinerman, Nate. "Palliative Care."Assisted Living Administration and Management: Effective Practices and Model Programs in Elder Care. Eds. Darlene Yee-Melichar, Andrea Renwanz Boyle, and Cristina Flores. New York: Springer Publishing, 2013. Print.

Hinerman, Nate. "Preserving the Dead in the Lives of the Living." The Presence of the Dead in Our Lives. Amsterdam: Rodopi B.V., 2012. 185-201. Print.

Hinerman, Nate, and Julia Glahn, eds. The Presence of the Dead in Our Lives. Amsterdam: Rodopi B.V., 2012. Print.  

Steffan, Lloyd, and Nate Hinerman, eds. New Perspectives on the End of Life: Essays on Care and the Intimacy of Dying. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012. Print.

Hinerman, Nate and Matthew, Sutton, eds. On Suffering: An Inter-Disciplinary Dialogue on Narrative and the Meaning of Suffering. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012. Print.

Hinerman, Nate. "Tracing the Linguistic 'Agents' of Illness and Disease in the End of Life Care." Exploring Violence in Families and Societies. Eds. Santoshi Rana and Lynn Frederick. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2011. Web.

Hinerman, Nate. "Archiving Grief: (Re-) Writing Histories in the Aftermath of Loss." Re-Imaging Death and Dying. Eds. Dennis R. Cooley and Lloyd Steffen. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2009. 161-173. Web.

"Review for Finding God in All Things: Celebrating Bernard Lonergan, John Courtney Murray, and Karl Rahner. Eds. Mark Bosco, S.J. and David Stagaman, S.J. New York: Fordham, 2007. Horizons, Journal of the College Theology Society, Spring 2009. Print.

Gelpi, Donald., S.J. "In Search of a Method: Charles Sanders Peirce's Contribution to Theology." Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 10.1 (2010). Ed. Nate Hinerman. Lexington, KY. Web.

Gelpi, Donald. A Closer Walk: Confessions of a Jesuit YAT. Ed., Nate Hinerman. University of America Press, 2006. Print.