Gül Özsan received BA from the Department of Social Anthropology, Istanbul University. She took her MA and PhD degrees in Sociology at Mimar Sinan University, Istanbul. She worked at Marmara University Istanbul, where she taught quite a few courses for long years (2001-2014). Currently she works as an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology, Istanbul University.
Her articles include “At the interface of ethnograph and history: Myths and maps of meaning concerning apprenticeship” (2017), “Shopkeepers, Women, and Gendered Narratives” (2016), “Changing and Unchanging Aspects of The Social Fabric of Turkey: Eshraf Families and Education” (2016), “The ideal of ‘becoming modern’ and the experience of modernity in Turkey: Rethinking the position of the European Union in social imaginary” (2013), “Two Barbers in Beyoğlu: Two Types of Narrative and Two Forms of Masculinity” (2010), “Women’s Role in Struggles for Status Waged by Locally Notable Families,” (2010), The Master Signing His Axe: A Research on the Craft of Ironworking and Forged Kastamonu Axes”.
She also wrote a chapter entitled “Culture and Tradition” in the textbook Sociology of Culture published in Turkish by Open Education Faculty, Anadolu University. Her chapter (with A. Durakbaşa and M. Karadağ) “Women’s Narratives as Sources for the Study of Eshraf Families” appeared in the edited volume Women’s Memory: The Problem of Sources published in 2011 by Cambridge University Press.
Özsan took part in various research projects, one of which is a TUBİTAK funded project on “The Role of the Local Elite in the Making of a Provincial Bourgeoisie and the Middle Classes in Provincial Turkey” together with Ayşe Durakbaşa and Meltem Karadağ. The second TUBİTAK funded project Özsan took part in is “Migration from Bulgaria to Turkey as a Practice of Intercultural Interaction: Analysis of 1969-1978 Close Relative Migration and 1989 Forced Migration via Narratives of Migration (2020-) together with Oya Morva.
She also presented many papers in national and international conferences. She has been working on shopkeepers and artisans for a long time. Her book in Turkish, Gender, Shops and District: Case of Women Shopkeepers in Istanbul, Moda. is based on her research on female shopkeepers in Caferağa Neighborhood and the district of Kadıköy, Istanbul.
Her research interests include class and stratification in Turkey, Turkish modernity and modernization, gender and narrative analysis, narratives and histories on crafts and professions, and ethography of migration.