David A. Yeagley was born in Oklahoma City. He is a direct descendent of Bad Eagle (quin-ne kish-su-it), headman of a Antelope (kwerharenu) Comanche band (1839-1909). Yeagley is an enrolled member of the Comanche Tribe, Lawton, Oklahoma.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Oberlin Conservatory of Music; a Master of Divinity from Yale University; a Master of Arts from Emory University; an Artist Diploma from Hartt School of Music; and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona. He was a special student (doctoral level) at Harvard, in American Studies.
Yeagley is a classically trained pianist, composer, and lyricist. He has created a new system of harmonic organization, and presented it in a formal lecture in Israel, 1998. There his duet for oboe and bassoon, exemplifying the new tonality, was premiered. Yeagley has written a grand opera based on the story of Jack Eisner, a Holocaust survivor. He has written for solo guitar, Indian flute, chamber groups, voice, and orchestra.
Dr. Yeagley has studied religion, literature, and history. He has written many scholarly research papers, book-length manuscripts, and also epic poetry and fiction. He has written works on Christology, biblical studies, literary criticism (specializing in Poe and Hawthorne), and musicology.
Yeagley has a special interest in Persian culture. He wrote the only epic poetry in English in the 20th century. Jahan-dideh (1984) is a collection of seven epics, dedicated to Her Imperial Majesty, The Shahbanou of Iran Farah Diba Pahlavai. Yeagley writes regularly for Persian Heritage Magazine, and serves on the editorial board. Dr. Yeagley spent a two week lecture tour in Iran, 1999. He lectured at the University of Tehran, and at Ferdowsi University, Masshad. He visited Razavi University as well. He presented a paper on "Zoroaster and the Jews" to the Iranian Studies Conference in Washington in 2000, and is scheduled to present another, "David and Darius" 2002.
Yeagley is a portrait artist as well. In 1989, he created a genealogy in portraiture, "Bad Eagle and His Descendents," which showed at Yale Peabody Museum, Philips Academy Peabody Museum, and in Boston's President's Church (Quincy). This collection of portraits includes the male line of a single Comanche family, beginning with Bad Eagle, and ending with Yeagley himself.
Dr. Yeagley has written Indian poetry, and plays Comanche flute. He also gourd dances, and designed his own gourd.
Since January, 2001, Yeagley has written regular columns for Front Page Magazine, the internet news journal of David Horowitz. Yeagley has since appeared on national television and radio, and his articles have appeared in several newspapers in the country. Yeagley is also on the Young America's Foundation speakers list, and speaks at colleges and universities.
Dr. Yeagley is an American Indian Patriot, and has advocated the mandatory teaching of patriotism in public schools. His proposal to the Oklahoma State legislature was endorsed by Governor Frank Keating, and is currently being considered and refined for presentation in the near future.
Dr. Yeagley has taught at Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma City, University of Central Oklahoma, and currently teaches for University of Oklahoma. He has taught Humanities and Psychology since 1996. Yeagley has six years of social work experience in Connecticut, working with the elderly, and emotionally disturbed children and youth.