Professor of English

Department Name 
Office Location 
Fine Arts 326
Mailing Address 
2083 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Roberta Clipper (formerly Robbie Clipper Sethi)

Dr. Clipper's concentrations include the writing of fiction and poetry, and literature, particularly Russian, English, and American. She has published two novels, The Bride Wore Red and Fifty-Fifty, and her short stories and poetry have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, Mademoiselle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and a number of literary magazines and anthologies. She has been awarded fellowships for her writing from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2009, she spent a semester teaching creative writing at the International Institute of Information Technology in Hyderabad, India on a Fulbright-Nehru fellowship. She directs Rider's annual high school writing contest. As fiction editor of The Kelsey Review, she has provided Rider students with opportunities for off-campus publication. She teaches a variety of courses and believes in empowering her students, emphasizing process in the teaching of writing, a workshop method for creative writing, and discussion in the teaching of literature.

Current Teaching

  • ENG 206 Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENG 303 Creative Writing Poetry
  • ENG 304 Creative Writing Fiction
  • ENG 400 Advanced Creative Writing
  • ENG 490 Independent Research and Study (particularly novel writing)
  • ENG 315 Topics in Specialized Writing
  • CMP 120 Expository Writing, secition for English majors, and 203 Literature and Composition


  • Fiction (novels, short stories) and Poetry

Recent Publications

  • "Seas" and "For Dylan" in Sleet magazine (
  • “Abduction from the Seraglio,” short story in Local Knowledge, Spring/Summer 2013 (
  • "Heat," poem written in collaboration with artist Harry Naar in NJ State Museum Visions and Voices catalogue: poetry & art show, May, 2005
  • Fifty-Fifty, a novel in many voices (NJ: Silicon Press, 2003)
  • The Bride Wore Red, tales of a cross-cultural family (NY: Picador, 1997 (paperback) and Bridge Works, 1996)

Current Projects

  • "Jai Nair" and "Risky Hook-ups"
  • A collection of stories and poems based on classics (“Three Sisters,” “The Brothers K.,” “The Sea Always Gives Up Its Dead” (Crime and Punishment), “The ’King (Oedipus the King), “Cakes and Ale” (Henry IV Part One) and various poems.
  • Cycles of poetry: Monsoon Semester, Fat Man in the Bathtub, Ancient Mythologies
  • Dry Land Sailors, novel/memoir


  • BA English/Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
  • MA Comparative Literature: Russian, English, University of California at Berkeley
  • PhD Comparative Literature: Russian, English, French, University of California at Berkeley