Alexndra von Lieven studied in Tübingen, where she completed her PhD in 2002. From 2002–2008 she was assistant in Egyptology at Freie Universität Berlin. After her Habilitation there in 2008 she held a Heisenberg Fellowship in Berlin, a Lichtenberg Fellowship in Göttingen and visiting and deputy professorships in Tübingen, twice Münster, Cologne, Heidelberg, Berlin and Frankfurt (M.). Since 2016 she is ex-tracurricular professor in Egyptology. In 2018, she had her Umhabilitation to Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster.