Lidewijde finished her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology in 2007. Her dissertation, Becoming a Roman province: an analysis of funerary practices in Roman Syria in the context of empire, analyzes ancient imperialism from the perspective of the archaeology of local communities in Roman Syria. In particular she focuses on funerary practices as evidence for social change. Her other research interests include theories of acculturation (Romanization and Hellenization), the history of Classical archaeology, the Hellenistic Near East, mortuary practices, and Islamic Archaeology. In 2007-2008, she was a Visting Assistant Professor in the Department of Archaeology and Classical Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2010-2011, Lidewijde served as a Visiting Research Scholar in NYU's Institute for the Study of the Ancient World." Then, from 2008-2012, Lidewijde was an Assistant Professor in Roman Archaeology in the Classics Department at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Lidewijde de Jong is currently a University Lecturer in the Department of Archaeology, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen (a position that she has held since 2012).