Ozan is a folklorist specializing in festivals, rituals, migration, and ethno-religious identities. He received M.A. in History and B.A. in Business Administration from Bogazici University in Istanbul and his Ph.D. in 2013 from the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University, Bloomington. He conducted ethnographic fieldwork in various parts of Turkey with ethnic and religious minorities and migrants from the Balkans. Recently, he has designed and taught undergraduate classes, first at Indiana University and later at Bridgewater State University, in communication, folklore and Middle Eastern anthropology.
Throughout much of his formal education Ozan was very involved with folk dancing. After college, as he continued his graduate education, he became a professional dancer and choreographer at the Bosphorous Performing Arts Ensemble. He has a green thumb and he loves fishing on the shores of the Aegean when he is back home. Ozan is the spouse of Branford College Dean, Sarah Insley and father of Evelyn 'Evie' Tamar. They live in Branford College. They also have a Cairn Terrier named Bertie, who has dedicated followers on Facebook.