Nel de Mûelenaere is a historian of 19th and 20th century Europe, and an assistant professor at the Social and Cultural Food Studies (FOST) research group. Her research focuses on the relation between humanitarian aid, food and gender during and after the First World War. She teaches methodological courses such as research methods for historians, historiography and theory of history, and socio-economic history from Antiquity to present
In 2019, Nel was the BAEF Cabeaux-Jacobs postdoctoral fellow at Cornell University. There, her research on the Belgian relief work of American home economists Martha Van Rensselaer and Flora Rose in 1923 was rewarded with the Dean’s Fellowship in the History of Home Economics. She holds a PhD in political history (2016) from Antwerp University. Nel has previously worked as scientific coordinator for NISE - National movements and Intermediary Structures in Europe (2015-2018) and CegeSoma - the Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society (2009-2010).